Busted Again: U.P. Misdemeanor Embezzlement results in arrest for missing two $50 fine payments to the court

Escanaba woman wanted in connection with embezzlement case court fines arrested, free on bond, and says case way overblown: Unfair to not allow surrender

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Escanaba, MI) –A woman who admits she took a small amount of money while working at Shopko two years ago, says she was picked up at home over missing two $50 fine payments assessed for a misdemeanor embezzlement case and was not given a chance to quietly surrender and post bond.

38-year-old Kristy Marie Hamilton of Escanaba says it was not a traffic stop – and that an Escanaba police officer showed up at her home at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 – some ten days after the failure to pay fines warrant was signed by a judge.

“I answered the door,” Hamilton said – adding she remarried and her first husband’s last name was Karr. The last name Karr is listed as an alias.

Hamilton said she was arrested peacefully by one officer – a sergeant with the Escanaba Department of Public Safety.

“I missed two payments of $50 on the fine” Hamilton said.

The payments, she said, are part of a district court fine she was assessed on the misdemeanor embezzlement charge.

“I was not hiding – I am not some big criminal,” said Hamilton, who appeared just as shocked about  the story on U.P. Breaking News – as she did went her heart sank after opening the door last night.

The Escanaba woman spent the night in jail and is free on bond. The original bond on the failure to pay is $1,200.

Hamilton cited a surgery late last fall – and her seasonal waitress job isn’t bringing in money – as reasons she missed $100 in payments – that landed her in handcuffs.

Hamilton said her case involved taking $50 in cash while working in the lawn and garden section of Shopko. A crime, Hamilton is forthright about, and said she has spent a small time in jail and tries to pay the off court fines – at $50 a month.

She also said the news story made her seem like the bigger embezzlement cases – and hers was a mistake and not connected to drugs, gambling or any other of the reasons people give. Hamilton says she is not a big criminal and is taking responsibility for her actions.

Every winter we hear of someone in the U.P. accused of embezzlement – some have gambling and drug addictions and for others its greed and revenge.

In fact, U.P. Breaking News has recently heard of more than a dozen cases that are under investigation. Year-end bookkeeping – even those on fiscal schedules – often are tabulated in the U.P. winter. One specially egregious case that recently came to light involves an Alger County woman charged with ripping off $50,000 from several groups.

Hamilton’s Facebook page states:

Studies Nursing at Bay de Noc Community College

Went to Escanaba Area Public High School

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A second missing person case in Houghton County this winter renews fears about the dozens missing and the unsolved murders in the Upper Peninsula

URGENT URGENT – Where and Why are U.P. Residents disappearing 1-18-17 Houghton Sheriff’s dept. Alert tonight – another missing person in Houghton County has law enforcement worried tonight – please share the story they ask – and visit the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department Facebook Page

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Where is Kenneth “Ryan” Clark of Hancock, MI ? – It’s Not the Same Safe U.P. – Missing and Endangered List Grows – two now vanished in Houghton County

Police across the U.P. say they have suspects in some cases but prosecutors will not “go for it” claiming not enough evidence – Like two unsolved Marquette murders – and the killers are allowed to flee the U.P. and go free without consequence

One suspect in Marquette was a church leader who allegedly killed a young parishioner and and another former Marquette Branch Prison guard who allegedly – violently killed a gay Marquette man at Presque Isle

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(The Missing and Endangered in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan) – It’s the second disappearance without a trace in Houghton County this winter.

missing-endangered-kenneth-ryan-clark-houghtonPolice tonight are seeking clues in the disappearance of 33-year-old Kenneth “Ryan” Clark of Hancock, MI – who simply vanished on Friday, January 13, 2017 from near the Lakeview Drive area in Franklin Township (Houghton County).

A major alert from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department tonight about that missing man who goes by his middle name: “Ryan.”

In fact, in recent months U.P. Breaking News has been contacted by so many people who have unsolved murder cases, suspicious deaths and people not likely to go missing who vanish. U.P. Breaking News is in the early stages of our page documenting the dozens and dozens of cases in past 20 years. Many have happened in past five years. First was an older hunter is feared dead but officials have not found his body despite extensive search operations.

The list will hopefully be filled in during next few months – and we welcome submissions.

https://upbreakingnews.com/2016/12/11/upper-peninsula-of-michigan-list-of-unsolved-murderssuspects-suspicious-deaths-and-missing-persons-since-1988/

The missing hunter case needs tips:

Elderly hunter missing in Houghton County since Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 in terrible weather near Tapiola, Michigan: Prayers from U.P. Breaking News – keeping the faith – to find 71-year-old Rodney Granroth

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https://upbreakingnews.com/2016/11/20/officials-searching-again-today-sunday-nov-20-2016-for-elderly-hunter-missing-since-friday-near-tapliola-michigan/

If you have any information on either disappearance – or any cold case – please call:

Houghton County Sheriff’s Department

906-482-0055

https://www.facebook.com/Houghton-County-Sheriffs-Office-MI-1689042691367130/

Crime Stoppers

1-800-222-8477

Supporters of the alert include the Michigan Back Country Search and Rescue Long Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG) in Marquette, MI

http://www.MibSAR.com

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Rape and kidnapping for rape alleged in Chippewa County home invasion attack

Dafter woman chased and held down – with child in house

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Sault Ste. Marie, MI) – A vicious attack in Dafter, MI has resulted in two arrests on numerous felony charges that include criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and home invasion, according to Chippewa County Sheriff Michael D. Bitnar.

The horror: The victim was at home with her child when the suspects allegedly broke-in and chased her into the bedroom, and one allegedly raped her while the other held her down and guarded the door.

Arraigned in Chippewa County 91st District Court were two Kincheloe, MI men said be “habitual offenders.”:
26-year-old Andre Emmaneul-Louis Hodak of 27 Duke Lake Circle and 19-year-old Alonzo Marquis Upchurch of 121 Kincheloe St.

Hodak is charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) and Upchurch is charged with conspiracy to commit CSC.

Both are charged with first degree home invasion and felony “kidnapping, restraining a victim for CSC.”

Both are also charged with assault with intent to commit penetration CSC.

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The effort to save an NMU football player: Audio tapes of what police, paramedics and firefighters were told after it was reported that Anthony Herbert was not breathing in his dorm room

U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 1-18-17 5:15 a.m. ET

They tried to save him: The death of Anthony Herbert at Northern Michigan University

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

This is a summary of emergency calls involving the effort to save the life of Anthony Herbert – a 20 year-old sophomore from downstate Lapeer, MI.

Herbert had participated in an early morning workout (Tuesday, Jan. 17) and went to breakfast before returning to his room in Spaulding Hall.

Emergency call starts about 8:21 a.m. – and this is condensed tape for next five minutes with pauses removed:

The dispatcher at 911 is talking to unit “141” – an ambulance U.P. Health Systems – Marquette:

The “caller advises patient is not breathing, appears like there’s something in his airway. CPR is in progress.”

“They do not believe he is breathing.They are starting CPR now.”

The you hear a Marquette Fire Truck go en-route – that firetruck is unit “2054”

“Marquette city units – check that – Marquette County units we have an AED incident that is on campus – Spaulding Hall room 117”

“One-Seveteen Spaulding Hall – 20 year old male – CPR instructions are being given – it’s 8:23”

The you hear a nurse at the hospital tell the ambulance to keep everyone in the emergency room informed.

AED means Automated External Defibrillator (Wikipedia)

Some police vehicles in Marquette County carry AED units – used to help restart a heart.

Then you hear Marquette firetruck 2052 go en-route

Also dispatcher confirms address to all responding with the AED units

At 8:25 a.m. You hear an officer on scene to give directions

“For responding units and ambulances – come down the courtyard between Gant (Hall) and Spaulding off of Lincoln” Avenue.

The dispatcher confirms that the courtyard is location for rescuers to set up- and then the dispatcher relays that info to arriving fire trucks.

Dispatcher tells all en-route:

“The caller was the roommate – states the patient was acting normally – because it was witnessed”

Both fire trucks confirm at 8:27 a.m. And the first fire truck arrives at 8:28 a.m. – and there are campus police at the scene.

At 9:20 a.m., the ambulance takes the deceased football player to the hospital presumably for an autopsy.

At 9:24 a.m., the fire trucks radio they are leaving NMU – and are back in service.

The ambulance arrives at the hospital with Anthony Herbert and goes back in service at 9:25 a.m.

Cause of NMU Athlete Death After Practice Under Investigation: U.P. Breaking News joins those across Michigan who tonight are honoring NMU football player Anthony Herbert who unexpectedly died today – see how downstate media is covering the tragedy and see the Facebook tributes and photos

Shocked family friends, teammates, staff tonight are trying to even believe the tragic unexpected death of a downstate football player attending Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University head football coach Kyle Nystrom:

“In my brief time with Anthony, I could tell that he was a great young man,” said Northern Michigan University head football coach Kyle Nystrom. “He was well respected by his coaches and teammates and was a leader on the offensive line. We are devastated by this tragedy, and we are keeping his family in our prayers”

Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson:

“It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Northern Michigan University lost a member of its family today. Sophomore Anthony Herbert of Lapeer, Mich., passed away suddenly in his residence hall room this morning.

Anthony was a construction management major and a member of the Wildcat football team. What caused his passing is unknown at this time, and right now our concern is for Anthony’s family, friends, teammates, coaches and team staff, teachers and fellow students. Northern is providing counseling services to those impacted who need help to deal with this loss.”

“We will be talking with Anthony’s family on their wishes regarding memorial/funeral services and will keep the campus informed as those details become available”

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Anthony Herbert Remembered and Honored With Outpouring of Love – from his local TV station to his shocked friends and from NMU itself

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

A gentle giant is being remembered state-wide after the Northern Michigan University football player died in his dorm room this morning Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

Officials have not announced how 20-year-old Anthony Herbert of downstate Lapeer, MI died – other than he was alive when paramedics arrived and died shortly afterwards – this after a dorm mate called 911.

The incident started about 8 a.m., shortly after morning practice and breakfast.

Tributes have been pouring in all day from the head football coach to family friends and media in his home town.

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Photo by Lori Herbert September 24, 2016 with Kristen Herbert and Anthony Herbert

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Photo by Lori Herbert September 24, 2016 with Anthony Herbert, Kristen Herbert and Michael Herbert

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Photo by Lori Herbert June 28, 2016 Somebody missed Anthony! And so did his Mama! — with Anthony Herbert.

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Photo by Lori Herbert May 14, 2016 with Kristen Herbert and Anthony Herbert

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His Facebook page has numerous tributes and his photos includes attending a charity event for the Beacon House. He is pictured with a U.P. football legend and former NFL coach:

Photo by Lori Herbert NMU football supporting Beacon House Charity Event 2016 with Steve Mariucci! — with Anthony Herbert (third from right) June 24, 2016

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This is how the NMU media and Hebert’s hometown media are reporting the story:

NMU Media:

WNMU Radio/TV

MARQUETTE, MI– A Northern Michigan University student has died on campus.

Tuesday afternoon President Fritz Erickson released the following statement:

“It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Northern Michigan University lost a member of its family today. Sophomore Anthony Herbert of Lapeer, Mich., passed away suddenly in his residence hall room this morning.

Anthony was a construction management major and a member of the Wildcat football team. What caused his passing is unknown at this time, and right now our concern is for Anthony’s family, friends, teammates, coaches and team staff, teachers and fellow students. Northern is providing counseling services to those impacted who need help to deal with this loss. We will be talking with Anthony’s family on their wishes regarding memorial/funeral services and will keep the campus informed as those details become available.

If Anthony was a part of your life, the university community and I offer our deepest sympathy and prayers to you at this time. Anthony will be missed by many.

President Fritz Erickson”

The Northwind:

NMU student and football player, sophomore Anthony Herbert has “passed away suddenly in his residence hall room this morning,” President Erickson said in a statement today.

The reason behind his passing is unknown at this time. The university is offering counseling services to anyone who knew Anthony.

https://www.facebook.com/NMUNorthWind/

Media from player’s area:

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Downstate TV Station ABC 12 WJRT:

http://www.abc12.com/content/news/A-college-football-player-with-ties-to-Mid-Michigan-dies-dorm-room-410999765.html

LAPEER (WJRT) – (01/17/17) – A college football player with ties to Mid-Michigan has been found dead in his dorm room.

Anthony Herbet, from Lapeer, was a sophomore at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

ABC12 News has confirmed Herbert suffered some kind of medical emergency in his dorm room Tuesday morning.

A university spokesperson says his roommate called 911 after finding the 20 year old in distress.

First responders got there minutes later and started treating him. They tried multiple times to revive him, but were unable to.

We’re told Herbert was in good health at team workouts and breakfast Tuesday morning.

He was a starter on the football team.

NMU will have counseling services on hand for grieving students and staff.

Herbert was a star offensive lineman during his time at Lapeer High School, where he graduated from in 2015.

His death still under investigation. Police don’t think drugs, alcohol or anything criminal was involved.

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MLive:

MARQUETTE, MI — A Northern Michigan University sophomore suffered a medical emergency and died Tuesday following a morning workout with his football teammates.

Attempts by emergency crews to resuscitate 20-year-old Anthony Herbert were unsuccessful, according to an NMU spokesperson.

“What caused his passing is unknown at this time and right now our concern is for Anthony’s family, friends, teammates, coaches and team staff, teachers and fellow students,” said University President Fritz Erickson in a statement.

Herbert participated in an early morning workout Tuesday, Jan. 17 and went to breakfast before returning to his room in Spaulding Hall. There, EMTs were called to his aid after he suffered a medical emergency, officials said.

Soon after the incident, counselors were on site to support Herbert’s friends and teammates. They’ll continue to provide services to those impacted who need help dealing with the loss.

“We will be talking with Anthony’s family on their wishes regarding memorial/funeral services and will keep the campus informed as those details become available,” Erickson said in a statement.”

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FOUND UNHARMED WISCONSIN! Police fan out across Ironwood, Michigan searching for missing 10-year-old autistic girl

 

U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 1-16-17 8:50 a.m. CT
Girl and her mother in ambulance from Ironwood police station to Aspirus Ironwood hospital for an evaluation – not sure why – the concern but maybe additional check up

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7:42 a.m. – Girl Found!!!
Now confirmed report she was found in Iron County, WI in a bed in a home – She is OK – unharmed – woman found her in a bed in her home

7 a.m. Central Time
Just added video of police calls and photos of missing girl

6:20 a.m. Central Time – Search for missing 10 year old in Gogebic County

U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 1-16-17 6 a.m. Central Time

Ironwood, MI: Search for missing 10-year-old girl in Gogebic County

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

ironwood-patch-1(Ironwood, MI) – Numerous police agencies are searching this morning for a missing 10-year-old autistic girl in the Ironwood, MI area.

Girl disappeared from her aunt’s home at 102 North Mansfield in Ironwood, MI – autistic 10-year-old girl missing

Jessica Lampart reported her niece missing.

At 6 .m. Central time – it was 14 degrees in Ironwood, MI.

Niece Michelle Holmes is missing – and has trouble communicating.

Went to bed about 10 p.m. – turned up missing around 4 a.m. CT

We have reached out to all Lampart residents (Facebook) who live in Ironwood.

IPSD officers and members of the Ironwood Fire division are searching the area. Gogebic County Sheriff Department and Hurley Police Department are also assisting.

Description:

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White female
Age: 9
Height: 5’3”
Weight: 130-150 lbs.
Hair: Brown shoulder length
Eyes: Brown

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Date: January 16, 2017

Missing Female -Juvenile

Ironwood Public Safety received a report of a missing female juvenile at approximately 4:00 am. The missing female walked out of the home and may not have appropriate clothing on for the weather. The subject is autistic and does not verbally communicate with people.

IPSD officers and members of the Ironwood Fire division are searching the area. Gogebic County Sheriff Department and Hurley Police Department are also assisting.

Call 911 if scene or located

Description:
White female
Age: 9
Height: 5’3”
Weight:130-150 lbs.
Hair: Brown shoulder length
Eyes: Brown

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Soo Locks closed last night Sun., Jan. 15, 2017 for two months (and 10 days) of maintenance – plus the important reports that show the feds want to fix two old locks and make them into one big lock as a back up to the Mighty Poe Lock to prevent recession

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Detroit District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers January 6, 2017

#Photo of the Week (above) taken by Detroit District Employee, Carmen Paris. The Soo Area Office based tug Owen M. Frederick was breaking ice in and to the upper approach of the Poe Lock while the 1,000 footer M.V. Walter J. MC Carthy Jr. waits to lock down bound through the Poe Lock.

2016-2017 Lake Superior Shipping Season Ended at Midnight as Soo locks do usual two and a half months of maintenance work – meanwhile locks said huge to U.S. economy and a warning that if there was a break down of Poe Lock a recession could follow – so a billion dollar upgrade is proposed for two unused locks

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Soo Locks, Michigan) – The annual Lake Superior shipping season has ended once again and will reopen on March 25, 2017.

And while the shipping of iron ore was up – there overall shipping was down -both by nearly 8 percent.

Plus officials have announced a huge billion dollar project that they say could prevent an economic collapse if the huge Poe Lock ever broke down – because it handles the 1,000 foot carriers.

Below are two federal reports – plus some of the graphics – and special Lake Superior and U.P. weather statements from National Weather Service

  • The Lake Carriers Association: In 2016, Great Lakes ships hauled 3.3 million tons of cargo in 2016, down about 4.5 percent
  • Total 2016 cargo was nearly 8 percent below a 5-year average
  • Iron ore shipments: 44.1 million tons – and that’s  up nearly 8 percent
  • An increase in steel production in late 2016 – led to boost in iron ore shipments
  • Lake Superior taconite shipments came back big after American steel production increased in late 2016
  • Maintenance work: Finish hydraulic system upgrade and anchorage replacements
  • The 49-year-old lock needs upgrade and officials are pushing a plan to overhaul/repair two unused locks into a back up for the Poe Lock – to handle the huge ships loaded with iron ore and more
  • Below – Read a 2016 Department of Homeland Security that predicts a national recession if the Poe Lock was down 6 months for unexpected problems

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Last up bound freighter in the Soo until March 25, 2017 – Manitoulin (below) at 12:30 p.m. January 15, 2017 – 1/15/17.

The Presque Isle last down bound ship last night

Photos courtesy I Love Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

 

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Detroit District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Photo posted on December 22, 2016

(Above photo) In 1926 the Soo Locks closed for the season on December 18. This photo, taken on Dec. 22, 1926 date that year, shows the ice left in the lock that season. Fortunately for our crews and vessels still sailing, ice conditions are not so bad this year. #Buildingstrongfor175yearsdetroitdistrict #ThrowbackThursday

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers info:

https://www.facebook.com/USACEHQ

http://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/1048591/soo-locks-set-to-close-for-the-season-january-15/

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DETROIT –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces the seasonal closing of the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on January 15. The Locks will undergo maintenance and repairs until the Navigation Season re-opens on March 25.

Below: January 12, 1896  Very old photo of all important Poe Lock – but U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other U.S. officials are worried that if it broke – there is no back up for the bigger Lake Superior ships

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Detroit District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

121 year old photo (above) posted on January 12, 2017

This photo from 121 years ago today, shows a nearly complete 1st Poe Lock and in the background the first two stories of the Administration Building. It must have been a mild day for January – the two workmen visible are not wearing coats!
#Buildingstrongfor175yearsDetroitDistrict #ThrowbackThursday

 

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Hot off the press for #hydraulicsandhydrologyhumpday the Lake Superior Outflows and Expected Conditions update from International Lake Superior Board of Control.

For more information check out the Detroit District Superior Regulation web page: http://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Missions/GreatLakesInformation/NewsandInformation.aspx

http://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Soo-Locks-Visitor-Center

http://www.saultstemarie.com/attractions/soo-locks

Media

Photo Gallery

Press Releases

Soo Blog

Videos

Soo Locks Webcams

https://webcam.erdc.dren.mil/soo/

https://webcam.erdc.dren.mil/soo/ssonly.html

Looking east from admin building

https://webcam.erdc.dren.mil/soo/camera4.html

West approach

https://webcam.erdc.dren.mil/soo/camera1.html

Looking East from the Davis Building between Poe and Davis locks

https://webcam.erdc.dren.mil/soo/camera3.html

 

I Love Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

https://www.facebook.com/ilovethesoo

https://www.facebook.com/ilovethesoo/photos/pb.343201333987.-2207520000.1484536689./10154938891013988/?type=3&theater

http://www.saultbridge.com

Recent federal reports on Soo Locks importance and need to have backup for Poe Lock

https://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Documents/final-infrastructure-report.pdf

http://www.lcaships.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/OCIA-The-Perils-of-Efficiency-An-Analysis-of-an-Unexpected-Closure-of-the-Poe-Lock-and-Its-Impact1.pdf

Download reports:

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Soo Locks final-infrastructure-report

Shipping:

Interlake Steamship Company

@InterlakeSteamshipCompany

https://www.facebook.com/InterlakeSteamshipCompany/

Media:

http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/01/soo_locks_close_2016-2017.html

http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/01/soo_locks_close_2016-2017.html

http://woodtv.com/2016/05/05/soo-locks-failure-could-cripple-u-s-economy/

Soo Locks getting tech upgrades amid hope for future funds

Soo Locks failure could cripple U.S. economy

Boat tours:

https://kathrynwarmstrong.wordpress.com/tag/sault-ste-marie-soo-locks-soo-tour-train-soo-locks-boat-tour-international-bridge-moe-z-inn-morley/

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers:

Detroit District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

@USACEDetroitDistrict

https://www.facebook.com/USACEDetroitDistrict

http://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/1048591/soo-locks-set-to-close-for-the-season-january-15/

http://www.9and10news.com/story/34265157/report-soo-locks-upgrade-among-top-infrastructure-projects

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Weather to watch in next few days:

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Wind Chill Advisory

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Winter Weather Advisory

Heavy Freezing Spray Warning

Small Craft Advisory

Special Weather Statement

http://www.mackinacbridge.org/fares-traffic/bridge-cam/

http://www.mackinacbridge.org/fares-traffic/conditions/

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GAYLORD MI
1023 PM EST SUN JAN 15 2017

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THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN...
EASTERN UPPER MICHIGAN...AND ADJACENT NEARSHORE WATERS OF LAKE
MICHIGAN...LAKE HURON AND LAKE SUPERIOR.

.DAY ONE...REST OF TONIGHT.

ICE JAMS ON AREA RIVERS COULD RESULT IN SUBSTANTIAL FLUCTUATIONS
IN WATER LEVELS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.

A WINTRY MIX OF SNOW...SLEET...AND FREEZING RAIN WILL DEVELOP MONDAY
NIGHT...GRADUALLY TURNING TO RAIN ON TUESDAY. ICE ACCUMULATIONS
ARE LIKELY AND HAZARDOUS TRAVEL IS EXPECTED LATER MONDAY NIGHT INTO
TUESDAY MORNING.

ICE JAMS ON AREA RIVERS COULD RESULT IN SUBSTANTIAL FLUCTUATIONS
IN WATER LEVELS.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/GAYLORD.

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
404 PM CST SUN JAN 15 2017

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GRAND MARAIS TO TACONITE HARBOR MN-
TACONITE HARBOR TO SILVER BAY HARBOR MN-
SILVER BAY HARBOR TO TWO HARBORS MN-TWO HARBORS TO DULUTH MN-
DULUTH MN TO PORT WING WI-PORT WING TO SAND ISLAND WI-
SAND ISLAND TO BAYFIELD WI-OAK POINT TO SAXON HARBOR WI-
404 PM CST SUN JAN 15 2017

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF THE NEARSHORE
WATERS OF WESTERN LAKE SUPERIOR.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT

SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL REMAIN STRONG THIS EVENING...BEFORE DIMINISHING
OVERNIGHT. THE WIND AND RESULTANT WAVES WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS
CONDITIONS FOR SMALLER VESSELS. PLEASE REFER TO THE LATEST MARINE
WEATHER MESSAGE AND NEARSHORE MARINE FORECAST FOR ADDITIONAL
DETAILS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

THE PROBABILITY FOR WIDESPREAD HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS LOW.

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MORE INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESS:
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/DULUTH (ALL LOWER CASE)

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
245 PM EST SUN JAN 15 2017

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LAKE SUPERIOR WEST OF A LINE FROM SAXON HARBOR WI TO GRAND
PORTAGE MN BEYOND 5NM-SAXON HARBOR WI TO BLACK RIVER MI-
BLACK RIVER TO ONTONAGON MI-
ONTONAGON TO UPPER ENTRANCE OF PORTAGE CANAL MI-
UPPER ENTRANCE OF PORTAGE CANAL TO EAGLE RIVER MI-
EAGLE RIVER TO MANITOU ISLAND MI-
MANITOU ISLAND TO POINT ISABELLE MI-
POINT ISABELLE TO LOWER ENTRANCE OF PORTAGE CANAL MI-
LOWER ENTRANCE OF PORTAGE CANAL TO HURON ISLANDS MI INCLUDING
KEWEENAW AND HURON BAYS-HURON ISLANDS TO MARQUETTE MI-
MARQUETTE TO MUNISING MI-MUNISING TO GRAND MARAIS MI-
GRAND MARAIS TO WHITEFISH POINT MI-
LAKE SUPERIOR FROM SAXON HARBOR WI TO UPPER ENTRANCE TO PORTAGE
CANAL MI 5NM OFF SHORE TO THE US/CANADIAN BORDER INCLUDING ISLE
ROYALE NATIONAL PARK-
LAKE SUPERIOR FROM UPPER ENTRANCE TO PORTAGE CANAL TO MANITOU
ISLAND MI 5NM OFF SHORE TO THE US/CANADIAN BORDER-
LAKE SUPERIOR WEST OF LINE FROM MANITOU ISLAND TO MARQUETTE MI
BEYOND 5NM FROM SHORE-
LAKE SUPERIOR EAST OF A LINE FROM MANITOU ISLAND TO MARQUETTE MI
AND WEST OF A LINE FROM GRAND MARAIS MI TO THE US/CANADIAN BORDER
BEYOND 5NM FROM SHORE-
LAKE SUPERIOR FROM GRAND MARAIS MI TO WHITEFISH POINT MI 5NM OFF
SHORE TO THE US/CANADIAN BORDER-
245 PM EST SUN JAN 15 2017 /145 PM CST SUN JAN 15 2017/

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF EASTERN LAKE
SUPERIOR...CENTRAL LAKE SUPERIOR AND WESTERN LAKE SUPERIOR.

.DAY ONE...REST OF TODAY AND TONIGHT

SOUTHWEST GALES TO 35 KNOTS ARE EXPECTED OVER PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND
WESTERN LAKE SUPERIOR THROUGH THIS EVENING. SEE THE LATEST OPEN LAKE
FORECAST AND MARINE STATEMENT FOR DETAILS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

THE NEED FOR WEATHER SPOTTER REPORTS IS NOT ANTICIPATED AT THIS
TIME.
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Dickinson County $100,000 house fire blamed on “Mr. Coffee” by homeowners and insurance company

URGENT URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Fire Bulletin – Did “Mr. Coffee” cause a Dickinson County Fire 1-14-17 4 p.m. ET

Did Mr. Coffee spark a fire that destroyed an Iron Mountain home?

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Iron Mountain, MI) – The fire victims say a “Mr. Coffee” caused a blaze nearly two years ago that did over $100,000 damage to their Dickinson County home, according to a federal lawsuit recently filed in Marquette, MI.

The fire occurred at the David and Joyce Clement residence located at N4044 Pine Mountain Road in Iron Mountain, MI, which was insured by the State Farm Fire and Casualty Company.

A federal judge this week gave Sunbeam additional time to respond to the charges.

The Clements “owned a Mr. Coffee coffeemaker which was present at the home.” The suit states that an investigation showed “a fire occurred at the” home “which had its point of origin at the (Mr. Coffee) appliance.”

The coffee maker was plugged in but not in use.

Federal civil lawsuit charges:

Count 1: Breach of Implied Warranty in Tort

Count 2: Design Defect and/or Manufacturing Defect

Count 3: Breach of Warranty

Count 4: Breach of Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

Count 5: Breach of Michigan Consumer Protection Act


The fire “caused extensive damage to the kitchen area, as well as significant smoke and soot damage to other areas” of the home. State Farm paid for the fire damage “less a ($1,417) deductible” with “total damages” caused “by the appliance fire was $106,179.28” all “but the deductible” was paid by the insurance.

The Mr. Coffee “was relatively new, having been purchased only approximately seven (7) months prior to the date of the fire,” the law suit states. The “investigation revealed that the fire” had no “other viable ignition sources” near the Mr. Coffee “other than the appliance itself.”

The residential fire at “was caused by a defect in the design and/or manufacture of the appliance,” the suit claims.

“Sunbeam sold it subject to the implied warranty in tort,” the lawsuit states. “Under the implied warranty in tort,” Sunbeam claimed “it was reasonably fit for its intended purposes.” The “intended purpose” of the Mr. Coffee “was not that it would burst into flames suddenly and unintentionally,” the federal suit states. The Clements “used the appliance according to its intended and foreseeable purposes”.

At the time of the blaze, the Mr. Coffee “was plugged in, though not in use, when it started a fire” inside the home, the suit states. “Sunbeam breached the implied warranty” because the “appliance’s electrical system was defective” State Farm “requests judgment” of “$106,179.28, plus interest, costs, attorney fees, and any other relief” deemed “just” by the court.

The suit accuses Sunbeam of “failing to design and manufacture the appliance in such a manner as to ensure that it would not cause an electrical fire” and alleging that Sunbeam “caused the accident.”

Sunbeam sold the Mr. Coffee with “a warranty” allegedly making the company “responsible to pay for damage caused by defects in materials or workmanship.

Sunbeam’s warranty was still valid the day of the fire because the Clements purchased it “less than seven (7) months prior” to the blaze that was allegedly “caused by a defect in materials or workmanship.”

“Sunbeam has refused to honor State Farm’s claim” … “Sunbeam has breached the warranty,” the lawsuit claims. Sunbeam was a “warrantor” and “supplier” under “the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act 15 U.S. C. A. §2301(5),”the suit states. State Farm through the Clements was a “consumer” under that act, the insurance company claims.

“Sunbeam violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act by failing to replace or repair” the Mr. Coffee or failed “to provide plaintiff with a refund for the appliance allegedly knowing that it “contained defects that could not be repaired.

The lawsuit alleges, Sunbeam committed “unfair, unconscionable, and deceptive methods and/or practices” including “representations that goods or services have sponsorship, approval, characteristics” and “benefits of quantities which they do not have.”

Sunbeam allegedly states “that (its) goods or services are of a particular standard, quality or grade.” The suit claims “gross discrepancies between the oral representations of the seller and the written agreements covering the same transaction” were allegedly made by Sunbeam thus violating “the Michigan Consumer Protection Act by breaching the implied and express warranties.”

The state version of the lawsuit is dated November 11, 2016 and has been “removed from 41st Dickinson County Circuit Court.”


Plaintiffs:

Attorneys for State Farm Fire and Casualty Company

David and Joyce Clement

Plaintiff State Farm Fire and Casualty Company is an insurance corporation organized under the laws of the State of Illinois with its principal place of business in Bloomington, Illinois

Nicholas J, Spigiel (P73526)

Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos, P.C

P.O. Box 4010

Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4010

269-324-3000

nspigiel@kehb.com

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Attorneys for (defendant) Sunbeam attorneys:

Defendant Sunbeam Products, Inc. is a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Delaware with its principal place of business in Boca Raton, Florida.

Sunbeam Products, Inc.

40600 Ann Arbor Rd. E. Ste.

Plymouth, MI 48170

Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, P.C.

Brandon J. Evans (P69576)

128 W. Spring Street

Marquette, MI 49855

bevans@kendrickslaw.com

(906) 226-2543

Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos, P.C’

P.O. Box 4010

Kalamazoo, MI 49003

(269) 324-3000

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Fatal Houghton County crash injures at least four seriously near Dollar Bay, MI closes highway for hours; Calumet man hurt after jack slips and car falls on him

URGENT URGENT 1-9-17  5 p.m. ET – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin:

Dollar Bay Fatal Crash Update: One Dead – four others seriously injured but properly restrained boy spared in child seat

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Dollar Bay, MI) – A 21-year-old Chassel man was killed – plus four others were seriously injured but a properly restrained child was spared – in a fatal head-on accident in Houghton County that closed M-26 near Dollar Bay, MI for several hours this morning during terrible weather conditions.

A Michigan State Police Accident Investigator and the Houghton County Sheriff’s department are investigating the crash that occurred about 7:50 this morning ET Mon. Jan. 9, 2017 on M-26 at Coal Dock Road in Franklin Township, MI.

The 21-year-old male victim was driving a 2002 Honda Accord that collided head-on with a 2005 Chevy Pick truck driven by a 63-year-old Dollar Bay man.

That 21-year-old male victim was pinned beneath that pickup truck and was found laying in a snowstorm in the middle of M-26 trapped – until a group of people lifted the pickup truck off the victim. The elderly driver of the pickup – who had three passengers including a child – was pinned while this was happening to free the other driver.

That child was miraculously spared injuries – a 6-year-old boy – as he was properly restrained in a child seat – and placed in a fire truck to keep warm waiting for his father to arrive. His father and the boy then drove to the hospital to check on loved ones seriously injured.

The 21-year-old man and his 21-year-old girlfriend were both eje4cted and received critical injuries. They were first transported to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital by Mercy Ambulance Service and and later flown by Medivac helicopter to Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau, WI. The young woman is in critical condition with multiple injuries.

The 63-year-old pickup truck driver was extricated using the “Jaws of Life” from the Hurontown Volunteer Fire Department.

The pickup driver and two adult passengers were rushed to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital.
The injured pick passengers are a 61-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man, both Dollar Bay residents. The woman was later transported by ambulance with serious injuries to U.P. Health System – Marquette. That third passenger, – 6-year-old boy – was uninjured in the crash.

Assisting on the scene were the Dollar Bay First responders, the Hancock Police Department, the Houghton Police Department, the Hurontown Volunteer Fire Department, several ambulances and paramedics from the Mercy Ambulance Service and Superior Towing.

Weather likely contributes to accident near Dollar Bay, MI; and jack slips with Calumet man under car

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Houghton County, MI) – A Michigan State Police Accident Investigator is probing this morning’s serious crash near Dollar Bay, MI that caused at least four injuries including at least one victim who was ejected was pinned underneath a pickup truck. A second incident seriously injured a Calumet man when a car fell off a jack

A serious accident was reported about 7:30 this morning, January 9, 2017 on M-26 at Union Coal Dock Road -just south of Dollar Bay, MI. The MSP Calumet will likely issue a press release on the wreck – and if it is sent to us we will pass it along (some MSP posts are better than others sending news releases to us). Among the contributing factors in the accident will likely be weather and road conditions that were miserable at the time.

Emergency officials on the scene reporting three critical injuries and a fourth person with lesser injuries. The first officials on the scene reported a man was lying on M-26 pinned under the wheels of a pickup truck – and it would take four people to lift it off the man (scroll down to read more). Officials reported the impact speed was approximately 45 miler per hour. Numerous emergency agencies responded to the crash.


 

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Meanwhile a Calumet man was rushed to the hospital late this morning (1-9-17) after a car fell on him.

The emergency  call was dispatched as “major injuries” after a car he had jacked up slipped off the mount and fell on him. He was rescued from underneath the vehicle by heroic witnesses. Initial reports indicated the injuries were not life threatening but serious.

The incident was reported at or near – 433 Pine St. in Calumet, MI. Emergency officials  were told to approach through an back way on River Street.


 

While multiple broken bones and other injuries were reported – two of the critical victims did not appear to have life-threatening injuries.The status of the third critical person (man who was pinned) was not confirmed. The victims were brought to U.P. health System Portage and Aspirus Keweenaw hospitals.

It is known that at least one of the victims was transferred by ambulance to Marquette (the paramedics were advised to beware of black ice and snowy highways in the Baraga area) – and another may have been choppered to a trauma hospital but that was not confirmed – as weather conditions may have played a factor in the timing of an airlift – although a medivac crew was sent to the airport..

M-26 was closed for about three hours as state police accident reconstruction experts investigated the wreck. There were reports of a child involved in the accident. Emergency officials on the scene reported the child had been put in a fire truck to be warmed – and was apparently saved by a child seat. That child was reportedly pickup up  at the scene by his father and they both went to the hospital to check on other victims.

 

 

 

100 MPH Snowmobile Crashes: Terrible Snowmobile Races Accident in Gogebic County leaves at least two hurt – one critical – Races called off after wreck

U.P. Breaking News honoring the two professional snowmobile racers involved in terrible crash Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 in Ironwood, MI:

Snowmobile racer Matt Goede, 28, of New Germany, MN

Snowmobile racer Matt Goede, 28, of New Germany, Minn.

The dynamic duo of Matt and Jacob Goede have dominated the last couple of years of vintage racing with their super-modified Polaris racing machines. Here’s a youtube compilation from BRAAP video that shows just why the pair have done so well.

http://cs.amsnow.com/sno/b/news/archive/2013/01/14/matt-goede-wins-vintage-world-title.aspx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2imWRP5AiQw

http://vintagesleds.com/meet-matt-goede/

http://www.ironwoodinfo.com/news_2011/01/010311_pro-vintage-day3/010311_pro-vintage-day3.htm

http://vintagesleds.com/matt-goede-world-champion/

Snowmobile racer Blaine Stephenson, 19, Minnesota

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Snowmobile racer Blaine Stephenson, 19, Minnesota

I’m a 19 year old from Minnesota. I’ve raced snowmobiles since I was 3 years old. I now compete in the professional ranks of ice oval snowmobile racing. I was the 2015 TLR Cup Rookie of the Year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JSIgf_rYbg

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe3JJIKI2xAk6rJtyC5wRlA

https://www.linkedin.com/in/blaine-stephenson-1b39a6bb

https://iceovalnews.com/tag/blaine-stephenson

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UPDATE 5:50 P.M. ct 1-8-17 – The terrible wreck was carried live on Ditch Banger TV – which has identified the two injured racers as Blaine Stephenson and Matt Goede.

The Ditch Banger TV Facebook Page issued this statement:

“The Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus has been called due to a wreck on the front stretch of the Champ 440 Final. Broadcast is complete.

Blaine Stephenson and Matt Goede were involved. When information is available we will pass it along. We pray and hope for the best of both racers.”

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https://www.facebook.com/Ironwood-Snowmobile-Olympus-146034262139291/

https://ditchbanger.tv/

Terrible weekend for Michigan snowmobile races – Friday crash kills sledder downstate

http://banana1015.com/snowmobile-diver-killed-in-michigan-race

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Ironwood, MI) – Tragedy this afternoon at the 2017 Snowmobile Olympus at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds in Ironwood, MI as a terrible crash resulted in the calling of the race.

The accident reportedly occurred “just out of turn four,” witnesses to the crash say.

Two snowmobile racers – one in critical condition – have been rushed by ambulances to the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital. The crash happened about 3:45 p.m. Central Time. The race was being broadcast live on a TV service – and many watched the horrifying crash.

The Aspirus MedEvac helicopter has been requested from the chopper that serves the western Upper Peninsula.

The race was halted after the terrible crash – and it is not clear if it has been restarted.

Sources say the races were halted due to no ambulance available as the ambulances were busy with victims. Plus spectators said it was getting dark.

Two sleds going 100 MPH reportedly crashed – with one sled striking one of the riders.
Severe damage to one of the victim helmets was reported by paramedics on the scene.

One victim is a 28 year od man – rotated right femur fracture and severe right arm pain – possibly another fracture.

Both victims are at the hospital – and one is expected to be airlifted to Marquette, MI or another regional major trauma center.

This is the second sporting event that caused injuries this weekend in Gogebic County.
Saturday’s ski race resulted in dozens of people getting frost bite and frost nip.
“The final 10K in the open areas was brutal,” participants told the organizers.

None of the Saturday skiing injuries was serious.

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Update on Baraga, MI Logging Truck Rollover/Tip Over as driver avoids tragedy – Black Ice Makes Travel Dangerous as Frigid Winds Blow Sand Off Roads; Too cold for salt to be effective – Slip and fall Accidents Injure Numerous Elderly – Wild Snowmobile Crash in Marenisco, MI

Update 12:55 p.m. 1-8-16

Video of incident by Buck McMahan on Facebook

****This morning and moments ago – we have heard numerous accidents on U.S.-41 between L’Anse and Keweenaw County – many sliding way off road into snowbanks including a van.
U.P. Breaking News has received good details from those with knowledge of the logging truck crash that apparently could have been a lot worse – apparently a kudos shout-out for the driver is the right thing.
See our Facebook post for more but here is some of the info:

“A woman pulled out of the motel (and) lost control,” said Michelle Fugate Clements, who works for the same company as the logging truck driver.
“The driver of the log truck did an amazing job avoiding her – Probably saving her life!,” Clements said in a Faceook post.
“No tickets were issued, she said
“Apparently an accident in the same spot last night. Even Salting the roads may not have helped, black ice is scary!!!”Trailer got sucked in ditch and then logs rolled off when on its side. Took 45 minutes to clean up logs which were mainly on the side of the road,” she said.

“Proud of our driver in avoiding what could have been a horrible accident,” Clements said.

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Photo courtesy Gina Reed

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Roads are dangerous: Reporter Jason Asselin, who took this photo of the highway – said:

“Drove 100 miles yesterday on roads like this.. Salt wouldn’t do any good, but the sand was visible at times. I found the streets untouched were actually in better condition than those treated.”

U.P. Breaking News Bulletin; Semi Rollover in Baraga latest accident on a Black Ice Sunday – 1-8-17 10:50 a.m. ET

Logging truck dumps load, flips on side

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Photo courtesy  Charlotte Loonsfoot

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

charlotte-loonsfoot-semi-rollover-baraga-1(Baraga, MI) – A semi tractor trailer truck rolled over on U.S.-41 in Baraga, MI on a dangerous black ice Sunday morning, Jan. 8, 2017.

The semi flipped on its side and lost is load on U.S.-41 near Irene’s Pizza at 1203 US-41 in Baraga.

Traffic in the area will be tied up for sometime.

Earlier this morning, an elderly woman received minor injuries in a two car crash on U.S.-41 at Pine St. In Calumet Township.

Numerous cars off the road and into snowbanks have been reported.

In several areas plow drivers and others are reporting black ice. Plow drivers keep spreading sand but the strong freezing winds are sending the sand into the air. Plus it is too cold for road salt to be effective.

“All we can do is apologize – we’re doing the best we can,” said one driver in Houghton County to a dispatcher.

Meanwhile near Marenisco, MI early today – two snowmobiles were rushing across pitch black Lake Gogebic – and one hit snowmobile crashed ashore by striking a boat dock slip and hitting a tree. Fortunately neither snowmobiler were injured.

Plus there have been numerous people injured – especially the elderly – in outdoor slip and fall accidents this weekend. Everyone must help each other walks to cars – and only drive if very important.
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Marquette, MI Federal Court Shocker As Heroin Suspects Freed; “The primary source for heroin in the Upper Peninsula” – Prosecutors Drop Heroin Charges Against Two Suspects – no reason given for decision although prosecutors have the option of refiling the charges in the future

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Marquette, MI) – Federal prosecutors late this week dropped all charges against two suspects busted in an alleged large heroin ring described by drugs agents as “the primary source for heroin in the Upper Peninsula”

The two Marquette County women are among six people who the feds claimed allegedly ran one of the biggest heroin rings highways into the Upper Peninsula. In fact, the heroin ring allegedly involves a man who recently died, the two women, and a fourth suspect who has not been identified by federal officials.

31-year-old Julaine Nicole Mankowski and 26-year-old Sara Ann Turner were arrested at the Crossroads on Nov. 17, 2016 as a flurry of police swarmed their vehicle.

However, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 – U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley approved a motion by federal prosecutors to dismiss the charges without prejudice – meaning the charges could be refiled in the future.

Turner was released on bond shortly after the bust – and Mankowski was released from the Marquette County Jail after the judge signed the motion dropping charges and ordering her to be freed.

The United States “filed a Motion to Dismiss pursuant to Rule 48(a) of the
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure,” stated Judge Greeley in ordering charges dropped.

Not surprisingly, the defense attorneys for the women did not oppose dropping charges.

“In accordance with L. Criminal Rule 12.4 and Administrative Order No. 15-RL-78, the United States consulted with defense counsels, Elizabeth A. LaCosse and Monica Lubiarz-Quigley. Defense counsels do not oppose the government’s motion to dismiss,” stated Asst. U.S. Attorney Maarten Vermaat, the federal prosecutor on the case.

It is unclear what this means for the future of the federal case or exactly why federal prosecutors dropped the charges.

previous stories:

https://upbreakingnews.com/2016/11/17/crossroadsfederalheroinbust/

Grief, Tragedy, Sadness, Mystery, School, Death in federal heroin bust – from all sides: From Ishpeming to K.I. Sawyer to Munising – Feds say six suspects were allegedly the “primary sources for heroin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.”

The federal criminal complaint shines much more light on the case – but it also includes mysteries

One is tragically dead and another suspect is secret – One suspect jailed, the other free on bond – and two others are busted on state charges

Search warrant installation of tracking device on vehicle used by Russell Gustafson and Katie Seymour

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

Previous story:
https://upbreakingnews.com/2016/11/17/crossroadsfederalheroinbust

A recent federal heroin bust of two Marquette County women – who are among six people who allegedly ran one of the biggest heroin rings highways into the Upper Peninsula – also involves the death of a man who was being investigated by state and federal drug agents plus another suspect not named.

In fact, the heroin ring allegedly involves a man who recently died, the two women, and a fourth suspect who has not been identified by federal officials.

The complaint outlines details of alleged controlled buys involving the suspects including tracking devices and phone analysis. Plus shocking allegations the ring brought the heroin to Sawyer Elementary School and allegedly with a baby in the vehicle. Plus the ring had ties to Ishpeming and allegedly made numerous heroin deliveries at K.I. Sawyer.

31-year-old Julaine Nicole Mankowski and 26-year-old Sara Ann Turner were arrested at the Crossroads as a flurry of police swarmed their vehicle on Nov. 17, 2016.They face federal heroin distribution and conspiracy charges after police received numerous tips about their alleged ring involving the highly addictive drug that many meth addicts have turned to because its cheaper and easier to buy.

The pair are each charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance.

ronald-leon-higby-death-memorial-2A third major suspect appears to be a life cut short. 35-year-old Ronald Leon Higby recently died before federal charges could be filed against him. “This investigation implicates a (fourth) co-conspirator who will not be named in this criminal complaint,” states the federal criminal complaint. The cause of his death is not disclosed in the complaint.

However, a touching funeral home memorial to Higby is online:
Ronald Leon Higby, age 35, of Gwinn and formerly of Escanaba and Munising, died on Sunday, November 6, 2016 in Gwinn.

He was born on April 21, 1981 in Escanaba to Cynthia Higby and Leon Charles Dube. Ron grew up in Escanaba.

http://www.bowermanfuneralhome.net/notices/Ronald-Higby

https://www.facebook.com/rlh9367

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Meanwhile further down in the complaint agents alleged that the unamed co-conspirator allegedly provided heroin to two people to distribute in Munising – identifying the Munising residents as Russell Gustafson and Katie Seymour. Gustafson and Seymour were arrested by Michigan State Police on states charges of possession of heroin.

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“UPSET has received numerous tips and phone calls regarding drug trafficking activity involving Mankowski, Turner and Higby,” adding they were in charge of a major heroin distribution ring.

“The majority of the citizens calling to report criminal activity by these individuals have identified Mankowski, Turner and Higby as primary sources for heroin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.,” the criminal complaint states.

During drug trafficking probes UPSET “typically utilizes a confidential informant (CI), a confidential source or an undercover police officer to purchase illegal drugs from a drug trafficker,” the felony complaint states.

“UPSET conducted four controlled purchases of heroin from Mankowski in 2015,” the complaint outlines. “These purchases took place on February 23, 2015, March 5, 2015, March 17, 2015 and April 28, 2015.”

Because of these purchases, Mankowski was prosecuted in state court in Marquette, Michigan and received a delay of sentence and 18 months probation on February 26, 2016 for a guilty plea in a Delivery of Heroin charge from September 2015., the complaint states

During the more recent alleged deliveries of heroin, Mankowski was still is on a probation with the 25th Circuit Court in Marquette.

UPSET recently conducted “additional controlled purchases of heroin from Mankowski and her co-conspirators,” the allegations state.

The complaint outlined the following alleged heroin buys from confidential sources listed as numbers – and in all the cases the undercover informant is checked for drugs prior to making the purchases to ensure standards. Co-conspirator A is mentioned – and the suspect has not been named publicly.

CONTROLLED BUY #1 – August 01, 2016. Confidential source #26915 completed a controlled purchase of heroin from Mankowski and Turner. Confidential Source #26915 was provided $300.00 in pre-recorded UPSET buy money and a covert recording device – and met Mankowski at her residence at 1911 Bancroft Street in Marquette. Surveillance observed the informant get into a car with Mankowski and Turner – a 2007 Ford F150 registered to Martin Edgar who resides with Turner on Barnum Street in Ishpeming. The vehiclerd stopped at Sawyer Elementary School in Gwinn, Michigan, and the informanted exited.The vehicle went to residence on Talon Street at K.I Sawyer, Michigan. The vehicle then returned to Sawyer Elementary School and Confidential Source #26915 re-entered the vehicle. Confidential Source #26915 bought two (2) $150.00 bags of suspected heroin from Mankowski and Turner. The suspected heroin weighed approximately .3 grams. Confidential Source #26915 reported that Mankowski had her 4-month old infant with her. The substance purchased in this controlled buy field-tested positive for heroin. After the controlled purchase was complete, Confidential Source #26915 was debriefed and stated the Heroin was delivered to him/her by Mankowski. C/I stated heroin was laid out on the middle console area when he/she got back into the vehicle. Both Mankowski and Turner were involved in setting up the heroin deal. The recording of the controlled purchase confirmed Confidential Source #26915’s account.

CONTROLLED BUY #2 –August 17, 2016. Confidential Source #26956 completed a controlled purchase of heroin from Higby, Mankowski and Turner on this date. Confidential Source #26956 was searched for contraband. Confidential Source #26956 was provided $100.00 in pre-recorded UPSET buy money and a covert recording device. Surveillance officers observed Confidential Source #26956 meet Higby at his residence, which is located at a known address on Dart Street in Gwinn, Michigan. Confidential Source #26956 reported that he/she gave the UPSET buy money to Higby, who in turn met Mankowski and Turner. Surveillance officers observed Mankowski and Turner travel to the aforementioned known address on Talon Street. The residence is occupied by Co-Conspirator A. Surveillance officers observed Mankowski and Turner leave the residence on Talon Street, and return to Higby’s residence. Confidential Source #26956 reported that Higby then then sold him/her a small amount of suspected heroin in exchange for the $100 in pre-recorded UPSET buy money. UPSET Detectives maintained physical surveillance of Confidential Source #26956, and Higby, Mankowski and Turner when they were outside the aforementioned residence. Surveillance officers observed Turner driving a 2007 Ford F150 red in color bearing MI registration CPM 5747. This is the same vehicle used during the controlled purchase on August 1, 2016. The substance purchased in this controlled buy weighed approximately .2 grams and field-tested positive for heroin. After the controlled purchase was complete, Confidential Source #26956 was debriefed and stated that the money was given to Higby who then gave it to Mankowski and Turner. C/I stated they left and returned a short time later. C/I then received the heroin from Higby. The recording of the controlled purchase confirmed Confidential Source #26956’s account.

CONTROLLED BUY #3 – August 18, 2016. Confidential Source #26956 completed a controlled purchase of heroin from Higby and Turner on this date. Confidential Source #26956 was provided $100.00 in pre-recorded UPSET buy money and a covert recording device. Confidential Source #26956 then met Higby at his known residence on Dart Street and gave him the UPSET buy money. A short time later, surveillance officers observed Turner pull up in a red 2007 Ford F150 bearing MI registration CPM 5747. This is the same vehicle police observed during the two controlled buys on August 1 and August 18, 2016. Surveillance officers observed Higby meet Turner at the driver’s window of this vehicle and observed a quick exchange between them. Surveillance officers observed Turner leave and travel to the aforementioned residence on Talon Street in Gwinn, Michigan. Surveillance officers observed Turner enter this residence, stay inside for a short period of time, and then return to Higby’s residence. Another short exchange between Turner and Higby then took place. The exchange between Higby and Turner was observed by surveillance team members. After this exchange, Higby delivered the suspected heroin to the confidential source. The substance purchased in this controlled buy was field tested and gave a positive indication for heroin.

CONTROLLED BUY #4 –August 24, 2016. Confidential Source #26956 completed a controlled purchase of heroin from Higby on this date. Confidential Source #26956 was provided $100.00 in pre-recorded UPSET buy money and a covert recording device. Confidential Source #26956 then met Higby at his residence at a known address on Dart Street in Gwinn, Michigan. Confidential Source #26956 went inside the residence and purchased suspected heroin from Higby. UPSET Detectives had physical surveillance of the exterior of the residence. The substance purchased in this controlled buy was field-tested and gave a positive indication of heroin. After the controlled purchase was complete, Confidential Source #26956 was debriefed and stated Higby was in possession of the heroin and made the delivery to the Confidential Source. The recording of the controlled purchase confirmed Confidential Source #26956’s account.

In September 2016, UPSET obtained a search warrant authorizing the installation of a tracking device on a vehicle that was known to be used by Russell Gustafson and Katie Seymour. Gustafson and Seymour are suspected of picking up heroin from Co-Conspirator A, in the vicinity of Gwinn, MI, and bringing the heroin to the Munising, MI area. The tracker warrant was authorized on September 8, 2016, and installed on September 12, 2016.

On September 12, 2016, the tracker indicated that Gustafson’s vehicle was stopped in the driveway of Co-Conspirator A. The vehicle left the residence and was stopped by the Michigan State Police. After a short investigation, Gustafson and Seymour were arrested of possession of heroin.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration assisted analyzing phone records from phones used by the suspects. U.S. DEA Special Agent Nyfeler of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration assisted in the analysis.

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Criminal history checks show Mankowski felony convictions in 25th Judicial Circuit Court for uttering/publishing in 2011, larceny in a building in 2011, and delivery of heroin in January 2016. Mankowski has misdemeanor convictions for non-sufficient funds in 2010 and operating with presence of controlled substance in 2010.

The investigation was conducted by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) that is comprised of state and federal drug agents with wide-ranging expertise in drug trafficking.

The federal complaint was filed by UPSET agent Mark C. Hanes who is with the Marquette Police Department. Among the experience Hanes has under his belt in hundreds of meth probes across the Upper Peninsula including “hundreds of narcotics investigations” and drafting “in excess of 100 search warrants related to narcotics trafficking, manufacturing, and use.”

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U.P. Breaking News Update 4:30 p.m. ET 11-19-16:
34-year-old Julaine Nicole Mankowski and 29-year-old Sara Ann Turner arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley on (yesterday) Fri., Oct. 18, 2016.

Turner has been released on bond; Mankowski remains jailed.

Click onthis link below to see lasted federal document for both women – arraignment.

Turner, Mancowski Arraignment 11-18-16

Crossroads in Marquette County, MI: Federal Heroin Suspects Busted and Identified

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UPDATE: 11-18-16 11 a.m. ET

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

We now know more about both federal heroin suspects busted last night in Marquette County – according to federal records obtained by U.P. Breaking News:
Both women face the same charge.

More arrests/names released in federal bust:

The federal heroin suspects in Thursday night’s Crossroads bust are 34-year-old Julaine Nicole Mankowski and 29-year-old Sara Ann Turner, both of the Marquette area.

Both were arrested by police last night at the Crossroads location on M-553 at CR-480 in Sands Township following a local, state and federal drug investigation.

While numerous law enforcement agencies assisted in the bust – the federal heroin suspects Julaine Nicole Mankowski and Sara Ann Turner were arrested of the sealed federal warrants by UPSET agent Mark Hanes in Marquette, MI.

In February 2016, Mankowski of 1911 Bancroft St. in Marquette, pleaded to a 20-year state felony charge of delivery of less than 50 grams of heroin less between February and April 2015 in Marquette. Her sentence on that charge is unclear. It appears she was released in February shortly after sentencing.

The information was released by order of a federal judge.

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Offense Level: 4

Laws cited:

21:846=CD.F 21 USC 846, and 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C)

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess With Intent to Distribute Heroin, a Schedule I Controlled Substance

Federal Prosecutor:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Maarten Vermaat

(906) 226-2500

Maarten.Vermaat at usdoj.gov

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Marquette, MI) – Police tonight swarmed a car at the Crossroads in Marquette County that a drug agent in an unmarked car spotted a woman wanted on a sealed federal felony charges for alleged conspiracy to distribute heroin and possibly other drugs.

And another baby is there – but hopefully to young to remember what transpired in a dramatic arrest. That baby was turned over to the grandmother – Turner’s mom.

Around 8 p.m. (Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016) , an investigator radio Marquette County 911 Central Dispatch stating that he had spotted a car with a suspect who had felony warrants and it was headed south on McClellan Street near the Pioneer Park in Marquette. The investigator said the car was likely enroute to K.I. Sawyer (KIS).

Marked patrol cars from several agencies zoomed toward the Crossroads from Harvey and all directions including from the Marquette Police Department.

The vehicle with two females inside was pulled over in a parking lot near the well-known “Crossroads” intersection of County Road 553 and County Road 480.

A federal warrant was outstanding for a 29-year-old Marquette County woman with ties to KIS and Ishpeming. Both KIS and Ishpeming have a huge heroin problem along with meth and pain pills.

The federal felony warrants charge include distribution of heroin and conspiracy to distribute heroin and schedule I drugs. Both women are lodged in the Marquette County Jail.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION MDOC Number: 805713
SID Number: 2276809W
 
Name:
JULAINE NICOLE MANKOWSKI
 
Racial Identification:
White
Gender:
Female
Hair:
Blonde
Eyes:
Blue
Height:
5′ 3″
Weight:
150 lbs.
Date of Birth:
06/15/1982 (33)
 
JULAINE NICOLE MANKOWSKI
Image Date:
2/4/2014
MDOC STATUS
Current Status:
Probationer
Supervision Begin Date:
02/26/2016
Assigned Location:
Marquette/Marquette
Supervision Discharge Date:
08/26/2017
Security Level:
 
ALIASES
None
MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
Body Piercing- Ear – many ear piercings
Body Piercing- Left Nose – twice on left side
Body Piercing- Lower Lip – lower center of lip pierced
Body Piercing- Navel
Body Piercing- Neck – back
Body Piercing- Nipple – both
Body Piercing- Right Face
Tattoo- Front Right Hip
Tattoo- Lower Right Ankle – circle with wavy line
PRISON SENTENCES
ACTIVE
None
INACTIVE
None
PROBATION SENTENCES
ACTIVE
Sentence 1
Offense:
Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manf., Nar/Coc

michigan-doc-map The Correctional Facilities Administration (CFA) is responsible for the operation of the state’s prisons, including the Special Alternative Incarceration Facility (SAI). CFA has administrative offices in Lansing from which the Deputy Director oversees the network of secure facilities.Prisoners incarcerated under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Corrections are provided with an array of prisoner services including health care, mental health care, educational opportunities, and programming opportunities.

The Michigan Legislature requires the MDOC to keep offender information on OTIS for three years after discharge.

Michigan Department of Corrections

206 E Michigan Ave

Lansing, MI 48933
 
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Where and how are the Mackinaw Island horses in the winter? The Pride of Mackinaw Island – treated like gold”? Or the “Shame of Mackinaw Island” left in the cold? You be the judge – U.P. Breaking only poses the questions

Mackinaw Island Horses – They are hot attractions in the summer – but are they left out in the cold in the winter? You decide!

When is it too cold?  What does the winter wind have to be? What does the January temp have to be – to say enough is enough?

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We are posing questions about the care of the horses that make hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for the rich folks at Mackinaw Island – Are They Surviving? Are They Thriving? Can better conditions be afforded for these money makers??

“The doors are open so you can see inside of them it is 9 degrees out with and chill is -16 they have no trees they have stumps and very little in the field.”

“No shelter absolutely no protection the ‘barns’ are full of hay and machinery the doors are open so you can see inside of them.”

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

Editor’s Note – We think these are very serious questions – and hope that the officials from the carriage tours, the farm and the Mackinac County human society type folks will respond. We are easy to reach.

(Mackinac Island/Mackinaw Island, Michigan) – Seems few can agree on the exact temperature a horse should be put inside rather than be exposed to the double digit below zero temps and even colder wind chills of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s coldest months

When is it too cold to keep horses, dogs and other animals outside during the frozen days of January and February in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan?  U.P. Breaking News posed that question to the public – and besides sarcasm – the most responses seemed to be in favor of horses being left outside in the coldest winter months – but only if they have an indoor place to escape the brutal winds.

It seems to be a question of whether a horse is merely surviving or is actually comfortable in the U.P. outdoors during the worst months of winter.  Some say that human emotions can not be placed on dogs and horses in the winter – as some “prefer” to be outside – and do better outside.

U.P. Breaking News wonders if those on Mackinac Island associated with the horses can afford to provide even better conditions for its prized horses that make a fortune for the Island.

2017-mackinac-horses-jan-2017-3Our sources say that the farm caring for the horses is doing the bare minimum – if  that – some say they are warned in advance about inspections.

Since we have not been able to reach the Mackinaw Island big wigs – we presume they will say we are nuts.

In an effort to bend over backwards to be fair, U.P. Breaking News is issuing a blanket denial for all those involved with Mackinac island horses (meaning the horses are treated well – maybe fantastic – and this topic is not an issue) – We issue the denial on their behalf until we hear from them.

You see, they already do not like this reporter on Mackinac Island – because back in the day – while working at TV6 – several of us were invited to a writer’s conference on the Island.

I had the unmitigated gall to question the treatment of the workers – at least then paid less than minimum wage – with questionable housing quarters.
These summer employees are shipped in from the poor islands in the warmer climates – but many are dressed like the old south.

If you own this farm – please contact U.P. Breaking News – that goes for the same for Mackinac islands officials – call us. You are welcome to make a response and/or write your own opinion editorial. U.P. Breaking News wants to hear from Island officials, carriage tours officials, farm officials, and those who police this kind of thing in Mackinac and Chippewa counties.

U.P. Breaking News has been contacted by U.P. residents who say they are opposed to the way Mackinaw island horses are treated during the winter – while revered during the summer at the island that is like the Antebellum South (like one of those old Disney cartoons from way back) and popular with Michigan’s richest residents.

2017-mackinac-horses-jan-2017-1Whether you call it “Mackinac Island” or “Mackinaw Island” – it is a place that can truly claim to be “someplace special” – like no other in the Upper Peninsula where the poverty and unemployment rate have reached staggering proportions – and even people are freezing to death in the cold.

There was a time when our forefathers migrated to the U.P. – when people had the guts to question things. Not sure much of that spirit exists. What do you think Yoopers? Our sources say U.P. residents do not want to ask questions – but some newcomers are shocked at some of the realities of the U.P. compared to how this area has been viewed elsewhere.

One sources said that many U.P. residents are looking for “someone who is willing to ask questions without a negative effect on us or our children.” Well, U.P. Breaking News is broaching this and other questions never before asked by the media.

One example provided to U.P. Breaking News is a farm on 15 Mile Road in Barbaeu, MI.

“It is a house with 2 large pole barns used for storage. In the mass fields sprawling behind it, are about 80% of Mackinac islands horses,” sources say

The following photographs – was provided by several sources – the photos with snow were just taken – and the others in the fall of 2015

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“This place has been investigated, with (forewarning) notice, allowing the owners to move the machinery out if the barns, put the horses in the barns and they pass,” The reality is however, these horses don not have shelter. Of any kind.”

This despite “recent wind storm, recent ice storm, and recent drop in temperatures,” a source says.

“Perhaps you could bring this to the public eye. Have a light shed to let visitors” of Mackinac island just “knew these horses are not on ‘vacation.” But merely trying to survive their elements.”

“They are not relaxing, or even have blankets. They are knee deep in their feces, mid, and snow, huddling, trying to not die.”

The photos from the fall of 2015 “show their fields, and the three out buildings.”

“Even if they used the outbuildings for the horses, it big enough for the amount they have.

“As you can see, no leantos, no nothing,” our sources said.

“We think its important to know, that the price each tourist pays for carriage rides, and carriage tours,.”

The profits “clearly does not go towards the horses well being, but into the company’s pocket.

“These horses are mascots for Mackinac Island, and are continuously highlighted in all publishing, commercials and other public media, however are not taken care of,” sources asks and tells U.P Breaking News.

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The most recent photos – January 2017 – show the horses outside in a “wind chill of -7.” and “again with no shelter.”

“One horse trough for water. No shelter absolutely no protection the barns are full of hay and machinery.”

“The doors are open so you can see inside of them it is 9 degrees out with and chill is -16 they have no trees they have at stumps and very little in the field.”

“No shelter absolutely no protection the ‘barns’ are full of hay and machinery the doors are open so you can see inside of them.”

“Yet it is 9 degrees out side with a wind chill of -16.”

“They have no trees all they have a stumps and very little hay.”

“These horses are owned by Mackinaw Carriage Tours and the farm who is supposed to be taken care of them is Atkins farms”

“Their coat is isn’t the issue here … the issue is, they have NO shelter, no windscreen, no blankets, no lean-toes.”

We “just want people to know that carriage tours” make a lot of money for the Mackinaw Island – hundreds of thousands of dollars annually just from rider fees.

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Scroll down to see public comment when we posed question on Facebook:

Related info:

Just surviving or comfortable (from google search)?
How do horses tolerate the cold?

In the absence of wind and moisture, horses tolerate temperatures at or slightly below 0°F. If horses have access to a shelter, they can tolerate temperatures as low as -40°F. However, horses are most comfortable at temperatures between 18 and 59°F, depending on their hair coat.

http://www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/horse/care/equine-winter-care/

https://www.mackinacisland.org

https://www.mackinacisland.org/visit/activities/horses-tours-bikes/

http://www.farmandranchguide.com/news/livestock/tips-to-help-cattle-cope-with-cold-weather/article_28d62f6a-74c7-11e3-8b8a-001a4bcf887a.html

http://www.vetwholesaler.co.uk/weather-warning-for-livestock-owners/

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2014/11/05/macknac-island-horses/18551913/

http://www.saintignace.org/gallery/horses-off-the-island/

http://www.cindysridingstable.com/


U.P. Breaking News Mackinac Island Horses – and all U.P. horses – Advisory/Expose – when is it cruelty – what temp?
When we publish these photos – we want to include experts on the topic – are you one?
1-5-17 1 p.m. ET Mackinac shows off horses in the summer and leaves them outside in below zero weather in winter – why why??
We will be publishing the photos today or tomorrow – as we are working on numerous other new stories at this hour.
U.P. Breaking News wants experts to tell us – when is it too cold for horses to be outside?
Same for other animals like dogs
It seems there is no law that exactly says when it is cruel to leave animals outside. You see they show off these horses in the summer – and throw them to elements in the winter. We will be showing some shocking photos from two years of this.

Responses included:

Angela Kiviniemi – Horses can stay outside in the winter. As long as they’re being fed, the water isn’t frozen over, and they haven’t been shaved. They actually grow a winter coat that keeps them warm during inclement weather. All it took was Google for me to find out this information.

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Ed Nephler – Wow, reporting that horses stay outside in the winter. Really? You call that news? lol Damn! They are different than dogs, most are draft horses and use to being outside all the time. They grow heavy coats for protection. It’s no wonder why you have been fired from most your jobs…all you do is hype bullshit.

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Brant G Haynes – They stay outside here in Alaska as well. Maybe this dude needs to bone up on his equine studies.

Message · 3 · January 5 at 3:46pm

Rebecca Oberstar – horses can still get frostbite in winter. They should have some sort of windbreak.

January 5 at 11:08pm

Amanda Rose – There are at least 3 huge barns on the island that stay well stocked. The island also has 4 full time vets there year round as opposed to one human doctor year round.

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Sarah Toutant – There is literally ice on her eyelashes and she is still warm. You have to understand the coats a horse has to understand It is not cruel. Also, they will shelf themselves from the wind by going into a shelter,trees,or by standing closely to one another. I promise you if these horses are fed,this isn’t abuse.

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Rodney Riesland There he goes again reporting on something he has no idea about and without doing basic research. Just trying to stir up some DRAMA!

Sarah Toutant – Horses stay outside year round. Their hair acts an insulation. They eat all day because it helps keep them warm. Most get blanketed but not all need it.
They don’t shave the horses on the island, they get very fuzzy.
Horses that are shaved usually go…See More – (Go to our News/Personal FB pages)

January 5 at 5:51pm

Christine Corp Arbib Just like all news reporting. When there is nothing, you have to make something up. You have to be kidding or apologize on this one. Should the horses be sent to FL or brought in the house? Seriously – I want to know what your solution is. Think I will let you go. It’s just gotten tabloid ridiculous.

January 5 at 2:25pm · Edited

Christine Corp Arbib On second thought I think I’ll stick around to see what asinine “news” you will next be reporting.

January 5 at 2:21pm

Natalie Irene Christine Corp Arbib Provides good entertainment

January 5 at 4:33pm

Jane Rogers Shocking photos of horses outside in the winter? They grow under coats that keep them warm in the winter, in extreme temperatures owners will put blankets on them or try to keep them in barns.

Do your shocking photos include these horses next to the…See More (Go to our news/personal FB pages to read more)

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Karen Waite:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/horse/care/equine-winter-care/

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Mary Nichole Where did you get that info. They ship most of the horses off the island in the winter. And they have coats/ blankets for the horses in the winter.

January 5 at 2:38pm

Mary Nichole – Here is a pic of some of the horses leaving the island. They only keep about 15 there in the winter.

January 5 at 3:07pm

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Bobbi Jo – Do you people know how to say anything nice ever? Same bitchers all the time. Must be your life’s journey. Sad

January 5 at 5:36pm

Tony Kulie – I smell award winning Journalism on this one!

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Judy Hutnik Bonello – The horses are sent to a farm in the U. P. where they are fed, etc. Who runs this site!?!?

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Nathan Larsh Google. – Use it.

January 5 at 2:28pm

Kami Batho – Hmmm…I guess we should bring the cows in as wel

Pamela Ekdahl – Heifers no. Cows yes. You will not get milk production from a cow left outside vs one kept in

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Amanda Rose – Chickens, pigs, goats…. They all need their own rooms too

Also posted the question on my personal Facebook page and received these comments:

Tod Poirier – Animals are adapted better to survive cold weather than we are. Just because you or I are cold doesn’t mean the animals are suffering. If the animals have some sort of shelter they can use to get out of the elements they’re typically fine – a windbre…See More

January 5 at 1:18pm

Dean M Dove – Horses and other animals eat hay, Hay will keep them warm from the inside out.We put hay on a side walk to keep the warm so it can harden. It keeps them warm and with the thick skin they have.The hide of an animal was made to keep them warm, that’s why we make Coats out of the hide.

January 5 at 10:17pm

Alicia Guiliani Diane Peppler – do you have any input? Tammy Collins?

January 5 at 1:27pm

Greg John Peterson – Thank you Tod Poirier – That is the info I am trying to find out – when should horses be required to be inside? I am not an expert. I can react more as a sympathetic human – like telling people take a blanket and spend a night in your dog’s outdoor house. See if ya like it? It is more of a gut reaction.

January 5 at 1:29pm

Greg John Peterson Wish that Dr. Pol guy could tell us. My girlfriend loves that show. I have watched it a few times.

January 5 at 1:30pm

Greg John Peterson Tod Poirier Sounds like the human emotion versus reality are two different things – certain animals (dogs) are better adapted than others. I can not help but feel for a horse standing outside in below zero weather – but maybe that is truly OK and not …See More

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Tod Poirier I haven’t.
I think a person should provide an animal with some kind of shelter, but most animals have survived in the wild long before we got to them.

January 5 at 1:36pm

Sadie Mae – Cold Weather Tips for Horse Owners

http://www.thehorse.com/articles/35015/cold-weather-tips-for-horse-ownershttp://www.thehorse.com/articles/35015/cold-weather-tips-for-horse-owners

Cold Weather Tips for Horse Owners

Here are six important tips to help owners keep horses healthy and safe during the cold days of winter.

http://www.thehorse.com

http://www.thehorse.com/articles/35015/cold-weather-tips-for-horse-owners

January 5 at 1:40pm

Sadie Mae – In the absence of wind and moisture, horses tolerate temperatures at or slightly below 0°F. If horses have access to a shelter, they can tolerate temperatures as low as -40°F. However, horses are most comfortable at temperatures between 18 and 59°F, depending on their hair coat.

January 5 at 1:41pm

Linnea Kelly Danielle Sawyers I bet you’d have something to say about this.

January 5 at 1:43pm

Kylie Gearhart – Now it’s been a while since I have been to mackinaw island but I recall taking a carriage tour and they showed us the winter stables. I’m pretty sure they aren’t just left out in the winter. And it’s not like they are alone all winter there are people on the island that would take them out and let them in.

January 5 at 1:58pm

Patti Ness My horses are outside during the day and stabled at night. They have quality hay all day. Everyone is fine. If it’s excessively brutal, the come in early and get extra hay. I have winter blankets for them but rarely need them. My senior stallion (29 yr…See More

January 5 at 2:15pm

Alicia Guiliani – I was just going to ask how can you tell if they are cold lol, I didn’t know they shiver. Do their hooves protect them from the cold ground?

January 5 at 3:02pm

Patti Ness – Yes their hooves do a good job 🙂

January 5 at 3:47pm

Danielle Sawyers – Our horses are outside during the day and in the barn at night during the winter months. Some nights we have to catch them as they don’t want to come in. Some horses prefer being outside. From experience it needs to be consistent, they can’t be brought in once and a while then left out again as they will get sick. They can adapt to weather conditions easily. We don’t use blankets because of sweating issues, as that leads to other problems. Some breeds of horses get very thick winter coats and would not do well in a barn all night. Horses in the wild adapt to the changing seasons and survive some brutal winters.

January 5 at 2:41pm

John R. Manninen – K WHAT NEXT ?? IS IT TO COLD FOR WHITETAIL DEER? I can understand how people feel, as I also do for animals. But where does reasoning and common scense fit it. WHAT NEXT Rabbits, birds ??

January 5 at 9:45pm

Jill L. Fries – Depends on the breed but I had horses for several years in Marquette County. They had a shelter to block the wind but even on the coldest days and I would check on them several times a day they were always plenty warm

January 5 at 9:56pm

Anthony Fortunato – Most of the horses used are not on the island in the winter they winter in farms downstate and some in the U.P.

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Fully engulfed Escanaba house fire battled by Delta County fire departments

URGENT URGENT – 1-6-17 12:45 p.m. ET

Delta County fire departments battle engulfed house fire in Escanaba

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Escanaba, MI) – Few details are known about a house fire that numerous fire departments are battling in Escanaba, MI.

The fire is reported in the vicinity of 17th Road and 18th Road and Danforth Road (near 5 corners) in Escanaba, MI.

Among the addresses given as near/at the fire are 4414 17th Road just west of the Five Corners Intersection

Roads in the area are blocked and will be for some time. UPPCO has been called to shutdown power.

The Escanaba Township Fire Department has been called for mutual aid.

The blaze was reported as fully engulfed about 12:35 p.m. today, Jan. 6, 2016.

The Escanaba Department of Public Safety is fighting the fire. Extra off-duty Escanaba officers have been called in to handle road patrol – while the others battle the fire. Air packs are being used to enter the house.

The American Red Cross has been requested at the scene.

Rampart Ambulance Service is on the scene on standby.

Ominous fatal fire signs – Accelerant dog called with cadaver dog to fatal fire – What is Happening?: Officials probe another 2017 fatal fire in the Upper Peninsula bringing the death toll to at least 5 people dying while in U.P. home fires since Dec. 19, 2016

1-16-17 12:07 p.m. CT

The identity of the Carney, MI fatal fire victim has not been publicly released – as the investigation continues.

The fatal fire happened early in the morning on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.
Please call 906-273-2433 – If you know the name of this fire victim

The Menominee County fire makes five people killed in U.P. fires in less than a month: All other victims have been identified

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Meanwhile – U.P. Breaking News has finally confirmed the identity of a 34-year-old downstate man who died in that New Year’s Day RV fire in Rudyard Township in Chippewa County, MI

Zachary James Griswold, 34, of Brown City, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 in Rudyard Twp., MI.

fyi at 9 a.m. CT – This fatal fire scene that destroyed a Menominee County, MI home – has been described as on the G-18 road not far from Carney, MI in Holmes Township – about 2 miles from CR-577. However, it appears the Nadeau fire department was the initial lead agency.

Urgent Editor’s Note/Update – 1-6-17 8:25 a.m. CT – we were asked a good question on Facebook: Are we saying there was criminal activity?
Here was my answer as best we could explain:

I am saying no one official has said – and bottom-line is – we do not know – that’s why I put “???” question marks.

Calling a body dog and arson dog are significant – but not definitive – and of course officials won’t talk at all.
And this is being treated much differently that the other fatal fires.
ALSO – have only heard about “one’ death – not sure why they need a cadaver dog if they know it is one death – and the one death was mentioned within a half hour of the fire call. Everything else happened since.
Very notable – but not definitive – the resources (especially since coming from downstate) – compared to every other fatal fire. What it exactly means is not clear – but if history is any judge it doesn’t bode well.
***Having said that – It is possible they are just being extra careful. Weird mainly because dogs were not called to other deaths – and to get one from that far away must mean it is important in some way.

Michigan State Police launch numerous resources for Fatal House Fire on G-18 in Menominee County – How many victims? Was it set?

The reason this information is unusual – is because it is a big launch of resources unlike were needed for the other U.P. fatal fires in past 20 days that have killed at least 5 people.

MSP has “got the Fire Marshal, Cadaver and Accelerant dog en-route” to the fatal fire on G-18 in Carney area – Nadeau Township
Many officials from across Michigan are rushing to the scene in Menominee County, MI.

Michigan Sate Police cadaver dog needed in Menominee County home destroyed in this morning’s “fatal fire”

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Why are so many U.P. residents dying in fires in past few weeks?

U.P. Breaking News has documented at least five recent U.P. fire deaths – and possibly more – in the past 20 days

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

**Anyone with information on this fatal blaze please call U.P.Breaking News

(Menominee County, MI) – Few details are know about a “fatal fire” that is being investigated by Michigan State Police in the Upper Peninsula that occurred about 2 a.m. today, Fri., Jan. 6, 2017).

In fact, MSP are tight-lipped abut this morning’s fatal fire. It is not clear how many victims officials believe are in the remains of a home. The house was destroyed.

Officials from the Nadeau Township Volunteer Fire Department are on the scene along with state troopers. The MSP Fire Marshal has been notified – and is needed on the scene, fire officials said.

Sources say the fire occurred in Nadeau Township – in Menominee County – and as of 4:45 a.m. Central Time numerous firefighters and officials were still on the scene.

At least five people – and maybe more – have died in U.P. fires since Dec. 19, 2016. officials have been not releasing information on the last fatal fire on Jan. 1, 2017 – and that is strange.

Sources say the MSP are requesting a cadaver dog from the MSP operations center downstate – and the officer even requested a dog from police in the Marinette, WI area.

U.P. Breaking News believes the fire happened this morning in Menominee County – and the number of victims is not known. A cadaver dog is typically needed if the remains are so badly burned – or hidden – they can not be spotted easily by the human eye.

Michigan State Police still have not released information on the fatal fire that occurred on New Year’s Day in Chippewa County involving a RV used as a home.
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U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – Other Late 2016 – 2017 fatal fires:

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2017 New Year starts off with fatal fire in Chippewa County – one of several overnight fires – four people have died in U.P. fires in last two weeks

Scroll down to see other 2017 New Year’s Day fires across the U.P.

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Rudyard, MI) – A predawn 2017 New Year’s morning fire in Chippewa County has claimed at least one life and destroyed a recreational vehicle.

At least four people have died in U.P. fires since Dec. 19, 2016.

Around 6:15 a.m. ET New Year’s morning, numerous fire departments were called to an engulfed RV located on a seasonal road near Rudyard, MI.

The seasonal road is said to be off West H-40 near Lawlor Auto Body at 15066 W. H-40 outside Rudyard.

The fire was at or near 19605 S. Dryburg Rd. in Rudyard Township, MI (to the north off H-40 in a curve).

“This is actually a motor home, and its pretty well gone, we’ve got the fire knocked down – and the scene is stable,” stated one fire official about a half hour into the call.

The road runs north of West H-40 – Trout Lake Road near South Dryburg Road.

A female caller told 911 that she believed someone was inside the RV – and she could see the RV engulfed – and fire officials reported there “was little left” once they arrived.

A Chippewa County Medical Examiner and the Michigan State Police Fire Marshal have been notified.

Officials believe the victim is a male.

Its unclear if an autopsy will be ordered,but sounds unlikely because a local funeral home was reportedly sent to get the body.

This is the fourth person to died in a Upper Peninsula fatal fire in two weeks – plus more than a dozen homes have been destroyed by fires since snow flew.

Fire departments and EMS from several places responded including Rudyard, Pickford, and Kinross. Michigan State Police trooper was called to the scene.

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deanna-mae-benoitMeanwhile it was the second fatal fire in less than five months in Chippewa County, MI

On Sat. night, Aug. 13, 2016, a fire that reportedly started in a second story bedroom claimed the life of 52-year-old Deanna “gators believe it started in the second story bedroom.

Deanna “Daisy” Benoit of Sault Ste. Marie, MI apparently died while taking an evening nap in her home, while a relative was out for a walk and returned home only to discover the horrible blaze. Her obit says she was loved by many – and shared that love with family.

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Other U.P. Fatal fires since Dec. 19, 2016:

Dec. 19, 2016: 73-year-old Norman Paul Kilpela and 79-year-old Marianne Sophie Kilpela, both of Fulton, MI died in a daylight fire at their home in Keweenaw County

https://upbreakingnews.com/2016/12/20/for-43-years-they-were-together-and-now-they-will-be-buried-together-they-died-in-a-fire-at-their-fulton-mi-home-in-keweenaw-county/

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Dec. 26, 2016: 60-year-old Douglas “Doug” Michael Lintz died on a Monday afternoon in a fire that quickly swept through his home at 1119 N. River Avenue in Iron River, MI

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Other 2017 New Year’s morning U.P. fire calls:

  • A Marquette, MI man was taken to the hospital about 7 a.m. after authorities responded to numerous calls of a fire on West Bluff St. Police reported a man was dragging burning mattresses in the snowbank – not clear why. He received a minor first degree burn on his hand.
  • Houghton City Fire Department and Houghton Police Department safely evacuate the Holiday Inn Express because of an odor on the first floor – possibly a gas smell. No injuries. Police responded early this afternoon back to the Holiday Inn Express because of the strange order coming out a room – maybe drugs. If drugs, these folks caused a public health scare.
  • Forsyth Township Fire Department called after 1 a.m. to fully engulfed sauna fire.
  • Chimney fire reported at a residence near Allouez, MI in Keweenaw County – and the Calumet Township Fire Department responded from the snowmobile fire to this call.
  • Calumet Township call to an engulfed snowmobile fire with about 20 minutes left in 2016. No one was near the burning snowmobile and no word on what happened.
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Marquette, MI federal lawsuit alleges biotech company ripped off Iron Mountain investor involving a cancer drug taken from the Northern Leopard Frog

 

Iron Mountain, MI Investor Takes on Big Pharma Over Cancer Drug Profits

Marquette, MI federal lawsuit: Oncology drug Onconase trials for the “treatment of patients with Non-Squamous, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer”

James O. McCash, Plaintiff

http://david-mccash.lpladvisorsites.com

v.

Tamir Biotechnology, Inc., Defendant

http://tamirbio.com

Suit by Iron Mountain investor involves the Onconase oncology platform, trials and profits

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Fight over profits and agreements involving vivo antiviral studies

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Marquette, MI) – A five-old dispute over the financial investment and control of a multi-million dollar cancer drug – found in the Northern Leopard Frog – has grown into a federal civil suit filed against a biotechnology company with the charges made by an investor/shareholder who runs an investment firm in Iron Mountain, MI.

The suit was filed by James O. McCash of N3820 South Grand Oak Drive in Iron Mountain, MI. The defendant is a biotechnology company – Tamir Biotechnology, Inc. (Scroll to end to see additional information about both).

At issue is the development of an anti-viral use for Onconase and related medical trials of the cancer drug. The drug is for patients with “non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer.”

The suit makes six serious charges: Breach of Contract, Unjust Enrichment, Innocent Misrepresentation, Negligent Misrepresentation, Promissory Estoppel, and Intentional Misrepresentation.

The suit – while in common legal language stating over $75,000 in damages – describes in detail damages worth over $1.1 million dollars. In fact, the suit asks for additional monies as a penalty for the alleged actions of the company.

“McCash’s loss benefited Tamir, the suit states.

The suit requests a jury trial – and states that “James O. McCash demands a judgment” from this Court ordering” a “judgment against the Defendant for its actual damages, including direct and indirect damages, general and special damages, legal and equitable damages, consequential damages, damages relating to lost profits and punitive damages.”

McCash also wants the company to pay for all “court costs, fees and disbursements, including reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred.”

Onconase is also known as Ranpirnase, a ribonuclease enzyme found in the oocytes of the Northern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens).

Northern Leopard Frog:

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Northern leopard frog

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Scientific name: Lithobates pipiens
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Clinical trials under the brand name Onconase

Ranpirnase was originally discovered by scientists at TamirBio, a biotechnology company (formerly Alfacell Corporation), where it was tested in clinical trials under the brand name Onconase. The mechanism of action of ranpirnase tumor-selective cytotoxicity has been attributed to the RNA interference pathway, potentially through cleaving siRNA molecules;[3] to cleavage of transfer RNA;[2] and to interference with the NF-κB pathway.[4] Despite early indications of promise as a mesothelioma treatment,[5][6][7] and an orphan drug status designation from the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2007,[8] the Phase III clinical trial for this indication did not demonstrate statistical significance against primary endpoints.[9]

McCash has been a Tamir “investor and shareholder for many years,” the federal civil suit states.

McCash is represented by Brandon J. Evans of the Marquette firm Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, PC; and attorneys George S. Peek and Richard T. Orton for Crivello Carlson, S.C. in Milwaukee.

Tamir Biotechnology, Inc. (Alfacell Corporation) is a corporation under the laws of Delaware – and it’s principal business is at 12625 High Bluff Drive in San Diego, CA.

In October 2009, McCash and others financed “Tamir to initiate a Phase II trial of the oncology drug Onconase – in relation to the treatment of patients with Non-Squamous, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.”

cancer-drug-info-2After that October 2009 financing, Tamir refocused its efforts on the “development of an anti-viral use for Onconase, contrary to the express purpose of the financing and to the detriment of the Phase II trial.”

“This shift in focus and other mismanagement by Tamir’s board and executives caused the cancellation of the Phase II trial in early 2011.,” the lawsuit states.

In the following months, Tamir notified McCash it was going to “entertain partners/buyers for its Onconase oncology platform.”

Tamir allegedly suggested if McCash was interested in buying the Onconase oncology platform, that he submit a proposal” including “detail (on) how the oncology asset would be valued,” the suit states.

However, during “the next several months” Tamir “refused to work with McCash in good faith” and allegedly did not provide vital information to McCash needed to “provide any such valuation or proposal,” the suit states.

During this same time around late March and early April of 2011, “Tamir suddenly decided that it would destroy certain components of its Onconase inventory and related materials on hand,” the lawsuit alleges.

The company stopped “making government agency filings because Tamir claimed it could not pay storage and other related costs,” the lawsuit states.

McCash opposed the “destruction of these assets” that “were part of the oncology platform McCash was interested in obtaining,” the suit explains.

Responding to McCash’s objection, Tamir CEO Charles Muniz alegedly asserted “that the company’s limited funds” needed “to be maintained for running its operations and completion of its primary objective,” the suit alleges
That objective was “ascertaining results of in vivo antiviral studies for various diseases.” Tamir’s “negotiations during this period were not in good faith,” the lawsuit charges.

“Hand-written notes indicate that Tamir was telling McCash “anything he want[ed] to hear” as long as McCash kept funding the company, the suit states. In December 2011, “Muniz was fired as Tamir CEO” and replaced with Larry Kenyon, interim CEO and CFO. McCash and Tamir “continued to negotiate a McCash acquisition of the oncology platform.”

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By June 2012 “it became clear to McCash that Tamir and its leadership had failed in numerous respects to execute their duties and responsibilities,” the federal suit states. On June 26, 2012, McCash filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois “alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against Tamir.”

Between June and September 2012, McCash through “anticipated business partner” Michael Hawotte and Tamir Interim CEO and CFO Larry Kenyon, negotiated and came to an agreement in an attempt to resolve these issues and conflicts (hereafter, the “Agreement”).

“Hawotte and Kenyon communicated and negotiated via telephone and email … discussing and exchanging various terms and conditions, resulting in the Agreement,” the suit states.

 

cancer-drug-suit-exhibit-a“The Agreement between McCash and Tamir is memorialized in various documents” including a “Confidential Offer executed in September 2012 (Exhibit A),”the suit states.

That “Confidential Offer” was allegedly agreed upon between “September 14 and September 18, 2012” that the suits claims the “material terms of the Agreement.”

“Cash agreed to: (1) Drop the 2012 Lawsuit; and (2) convert five (5) loans (notes) made by Tamir and in favor of Michael McCash, David McCash,” the suit states.

(See below for more details the suit says are part of the agreements.)

cancer-drug-info-1However – the suit states agreement claims and participants including Mary McCash, Colleen Lowe, and Corinne Poquette:

“Prior to conversion under the Agreement, the Converted Notes had a value of $1,157,121.25,” the suit claims.

“The shares of Tamir stock which were received for the Converted Notes had effectively zero value at or shortly after the conversion.”

Tamir is a “biotechnology company engaged in the discovery and development of drugs, among other things,” the 13-page lawsuit states.

The complaint was filed on Dec. 30, 2016 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan Northern Division by law firms in Marquette and Milwaukee, WI.

Then the (lengthy in details) suit explains more about the clinical trials and how they relate to the Mayo Clinic:

Following the dismissal of the 2012 Lawsuit and the conversion of the Converted Notes to stock, and based on the reasonable expectation that would Tamir uphold its end of the Agreement, Mr. McCash moved forward in several respects with regard to his plans to market and begin trials of Onconase.

Among other things, McCash held discussions with the Associate Chair, Corporate and Foundation Relations and Department of Development, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, that were centered upon the use of Onconase and its medical research opportunities that included a clinical trial for the second line treatment of mesothelioma, which would be conducted through the use of the items Tamir was to provide under the Agreement.

McCash also began forming partnerships with other third parties to assist in the management and financing of a 60 patient Onconase trial.

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The following is taken directly from the lawsuit as it involves lots of details of the alleged agreement – and others involved in the case.

Mary McCash, Colleen Lowe, and Corinne Poquette (the “Converted Notes”) into Tamir common stock.

Also per the Agreement, Tamir agreed to: (1) give McCash the exclusive license for the commercial development, manufacturing, marketing and sale of Onconase; (2) give McCash exclusive license to all Onconase intellectual property related to oncology use; (3) give McCash all finished product and a portion of both API (active pharmaceutical ingredient) inventory and raw materials, all oncology regulatory files, and all oncology manufacturing files (complete and in accordance with all regulatory requirements) for Onconase; and (4) provide McCash with a warrant to purchase 23,700,000 shares in Tamir at an exercise price of $0.01 per share.

By making the Agreement with McCash, Tamir made material promises and representations to McCash that it had both the ability and the intent to deliver on its end of the Agreement and that it could and would provide McCash all of the complete and up-to-date materials, files, etc.

Tamir knew that McCash intended to move forward with the development of Onconase, and that Tamir’s performance under the Agreement was required for McCash to do so.

Unlike a letter of intent offering a general statement with respect to a specific undertaking, the terms of the Agreement represented material, contractual terms agreed to by the parties.

The Agreement is even memorialized in SEC filings made by Tamir.

McCash upheld his end of the Agreement, as the 2012 Lawsuit was not pursued any further and ultimately dismissed; and, the Converted Notes were ultimately converted into Tamir stock.

On May 28, 2013, Dr. Jamie Sulley, President of Tamir, confirmed by written correspondence on behalf of Tamir, the terms of the Agreement, the existence of the regulatory files, eggs and canisters of API, and acknowledged that Tamir was required to supply these items as part of the Agreement.

On July 19, 2013, Mr. McCash received correspondence from Lois B. Voelz (“Voelz”), an attorney asserting to represent Tamir, which was made in response to a letter sent by Mr. McCash to Dr. Jamie Sulley on July 12, 2013.

In the July 19, 2013 correspondence from Voelz, McCash was informed that the Investigational New Drug Application (IND) was “inactive,” but would not commit to whether the regulatory files, eggs and canisters of API still existed.

Voelz further asserted in the July 19, 2013 correspondence, referring to a prior telephone call on June 20, 2013, that the September 18, 2012 Agreement “did not properly state the terms under negotiation” and that the parties would have to make a “fresh start with a new and comprehensive term sheet.”

McCash believed that the July 19, 2013 correspondence was vague, and did not agree with the proposition that the Agreement did not set forth the parties’ agreed upon terms.

Nevertheless, following the July 19, 2013 correspondence, McCash continued to act in good faith to work with Tamir to do whatever was needed to obtain the consideration Tamir agreed to provide under the terms of the Agreement.

This included reviewing several iterations of Tamir’s proposed “Term Sheet” and attempting to conduct due diligence, which specifically focused on whether Tamir, in fact, possessed the items it agreed to provide under the Agreement (i.e. a portion of API inventory and raw materials, all required oncology regulatory files, and all oncology manufacturing files for Onconase).

During the conduct of this due diligence, the question remained whether the of API inventory and raw materials, all oncology regulatory files, and all oncology manufacturing files for Onconase were still possessed by Tamir and could, in fact, be provided. Ultimately, Mr. McCash asked Attorney Voelz whether these items were still in Tamir’s possession.

On August 24, 2014, Ms. Voelz wrote to Mr. McCash and, addressing this question, responded that “the Company will not entertain your extraneous demands concerning company assets.”

Upon receiving the August 24, 2014 correspondence from Ms. Voelz, Mr. McCash discovered that as of that time, Tamir either could not or would not uphold its end of the Agreement.

FIRST CLAIM FOR RELIEF: Breach of Contract

McCash incorporates by reference and restates all allegations made in paragraphs 1 through 40 of this Complaint.

The Agreement represented a contract between Tamir and McCash.

Tamir failed to perform its duties under the Agreement, constituting a breach of contract.

Said breach of contract by Tamir caused McCash to incur pecuniary loss and damages in excess of $75,000.00 and in an amount to be determined at the time of trial.

SECOND CLAIM FOR RELIEF: Unjust Enrichment

McCash incorporates by reference and restates all allegations made in paragraphs 1 through 44 of this Complaint.

In reliance on Tamir’s promises under the Agreement, McCash performed his duties under the terms of the Agreement.

Tamir received the benefit of McCash’s performance

It is unjust for Tamir to retain the benefit of McCash’s performance without paying restitution to McCash.

Through Tamir’s failure to uphold its duties under the Agreement, it has been unjustly enriched.

The retention of these benefits by Tamir has resulted in an inequity to McCash. McCash has been damaged as a result of Tamir’s unjust enrichment.

McCash is entitled to damages for restitution in an amount in excess of $75,000.00 and in an amount to be determined at the time of trial.

THIRD CLAIM FOR RELIEF: Intentional Misrepresentation

McCash incorporates by reference and restates all allegations made in paragraphs 1 through 52 of this Complaint. . In making the Agreement, Tamir made certain material promises and representations to McCash, including those referenced above, regarding its assets and its ability and intent to perform its duties under the terms of the Agreement.

Tamir intentionally and knowingly made the aforementioned material promises and representations without the ability or intent to perform; therefore, the representations were false.

The aforementioned material promises and representations were made with the intent that McCash would agree to the terms of the Agreement and act upon his obligations thereunder.

McCash acted in reliance upon the representations made by Tamir in entering into the Agreement and performing his obligations thereunder, to his detriment.

Said misrepresentations by Tamir caused McCash to incur damages in excess of $75,000.00 and in an amount to be determined at the time of trial.

FOURTH CLAIM FOR RELIEF: Promissory Estoppel

McCash incorporates by reference and restates all allegations made in paragraphs 1 through 58 of this Complaint.

Tamir made various promises to McCash as part of the Agreement, as set forth above.

Tamir should have reasonably expected its promises under the Agreement to induce action by McCash of a definite and substantial character.

In fact, Tamir’s promises under the Agreement did induce action by McCash of a definite and substantial nature, as set forth above.

Tamir received the benefit of McCash’s execution of his duties under the terms of the Agreement.

Through Tamir’s failure to uphold its duties under the Agreement, it has been unjustly enriched.

Tamir’s retention of the benefit by Tamir has resulted in an inequity to McCash. These circumstances require enforcement of the promise made by Tamir if injustice is to be avoided. McCash is entitled to damages for restitution in an amount in excess of $75,000.00 and in an amount to be determined at the time of trial.

FIFTH CLAIM FOR RELIEF: Negligent Misrepresentation

McCash incorporates by reference and restates all allegations made in paragraphs 1 through 67 of this Complaint.

In making the Agreement, Tamir made certain material promises and representations to McCash, as referenced above, negligently and without reasonable care.

Tamir owed McCash a duty of care in making the aforementioned material promises and representations.

McCash justifiably relied on the aforementioned material promises and representations.

McCash’s reliance was to his detriment.

Said reliance on Tamir’s aforementioned negligently-made material promises and representations caused McCash to incur damages in excess of $75,000.00 and in an amount to be determined at the time of trial.

SIXTH CLAIM FOR RELIEF:Innocent Misrepresentation

McCash incorporates by reference and restates all allegations made in paragraphs 1 through 73 of this Complaint.

In making the Agreement, Tamir made certain material promises and representations to McCash, as referenced above.

The aforementioned promises and representations were made in connection with the making of a contract (i.e., the Agreement) between Tamir and McCash.

The aforementioned material promises and representations made by Tamir to McCash were false when they were made.

McCash would not have entered into the contract if Tamir had not made the aforementioned promises and representations.

McCash suffered loss as a result of entering into the Agreement.

McCash’s loss benefited Tamir.

The aforementioned caused McCash to incur damages in excess of $75,000.00 and in an amount to be determined at the time of trial.

WHEREFORE, Plaintiff, James O. McCash, demands a judgment from this Court ordering that:

Judgment against the Defendant for its actual damages, including direct and indirect damages, general and special damages, legal and equitable damages, consequential damages, damages relating to lost profits and punitive damages;

For court costs, fees and disbursements, including reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred in connection with this action;

Judgment enforcement fees; Pre and post judgment interest; and Any other relief to which Plaintiff may justly be entitled.


 

Filed by:

Richard T. Orton for Crivello Carlson, S.C.

George S. Peek

WI Bar No. 1041648

Richard T. Orton

WI Bar No. 1075733

 

Crivello Carlson, S.C.

710 N. Plankinton Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53203

 

(p) 414-271-7722

(f) 414-271-4438

gpeek at crivellocarlson.com

rorton at crivellocarlson.com

 

Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, PC

Brandon J. Evans

MI Bar No. P69576

 

Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, PC

128 West Spring Street

Marquette, MI 49855

 

(p) 906-226-2543

(f) 906-226-2819

bevans at kendrickslaw.com

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Related info:

McCash Investment Management, Inc.

222 E Hughitt St.

Iron Mountain, Michigan

906-774-3550

http://david-mccash.lpladvisorsites.com

https://www.facebook.com/McCash-Investment-Management-Inc-194134920656842

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U.P. Ice Fishing Tragedy Probed in Chippewa County: Soo, MI woman 54-year-old Jenise Lynn Corbiere dies after being overcome by carbon monoxide on Munuscong Bay off the St. Mary’s River in Pickford, MI

54-year-old Jenise Lynn Corbiere of Sault Ste. Marie, MI died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning – after being exposed in her ice fishing shanty on January 3, 2017 at Munuscong Bay in Chippewa County

“She loved fishing and hunting as demonstrated through her numerous trophies”

“She was proud of her boys and raised them with every ounce of her love”

“Jenise married her best friend, Bob, 36 years ago and their love will continue forever and always. Jenise will be remembered by all of the lives she touched and she will be dancing to the fiddle until the end of time”

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Jenise Lynn Corbiere of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2016 at War Memorial Hospital. She was born on March 31, 1962 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
ice-fishing-victim-1Jenise was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, and friend. Her love for her family shines in all of their hearts. She could light up a room with just her smile.
She loved fishing and hunting as demonstrated through her numerous trophies.
She was proud of her boys and raised them with every ounce of her love.
She married her best friend, Bob, 36 years ago and their love will continue forever and always. Jenise will be remembered by all of the lives she touched and she will be dancing to the fiddle until the end of time.
Jenise is survived by her husband, Robert Alan Corbiere Sr.; sons: Robert Alan Corbiere Jr. Waldner and Jacque Pierre (Katie Lana) Corbiere; and son-in-law, James Waldner; sisters: Dellis (Sam) Mourufas, Janet (Rick) Bennett and Nicole (Gary) Golanka; brother, Curt (Bonnie) White Jr.; parents: Curt and Marylin White Sr.; grandchildren: Jace Joseph Corbiere, Michael Oliver Waldner and Audrie Rose Waldner. She is also survived by the entire Corbiere family.
Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home. Memorials in memory of Jenise may be left to Robert A. Corbiere Sr.
Online condolences may be left at www.clarkbaileynewhouse.com. – See more at:

Ice Fishing Tragedy Probe on Munuscong Bay in Pickford, MI

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Pickford, MI) – A Soo woman has died following a tragedy while ice fishing.

Accident carbon monoxide poisoning is the cause coma  and now death – after exposure to propane fumes while ice fishing. The case is being probed by the Chippewa County Medical Examiner, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police from the Sault Ste.Marie Post.

54-year-old Jenise Lynn Corbiere of Sault Ste. Marie died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning – after being exposed on January 3, 2017 in her ice fishing shanty on Munuscong Bay in Chippewa County.

Because of the lack of oxygen to the brain, and an hour of CPR – her death was never doubted – and she was kept alive on life support reportedly to donate her organs. This is a very serious issue that anyone who goes ice fishing needs to be very aware because it can creep up on you without notice.

By the time you know it is too late.

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Propane heaters and stoves are often used to heat ice fishing shanties – and some fancy ice fishing shack have little ventilation if any -to keep out the cold. However – if you are using a heater – it must be ventilated. One person said some of the shacks “are sealed.”

The fumes contain carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, colorless gas that kills and makes the victim drowsy before death.

It is unclear what happened, however several sources say the woman had been ice fishing with others near Pine Island.

It was a call that just kept getting worse last night in Chippewa County – that has had a sad start to the New Year as there was a fatal fire and a train accident in past few days.

pine-island-1The location of the tragedy is a popular ice fishing location near Pine Island on Munuscong Bay – that’s forms off the St. Mary’s River.

The dispatcher told responding emergency officials that they “have an unconscious female out on the ice.”

The tragic incident first came to light bout 5:30 p.m. yesterday (Tues., Jan. 3, 2017), as the Chippewa County 911 dispatch put out a page for Pickford EMS and the Raybur Volunteer Fire Department.

Officials used Dan’s Resort “as a staging area.” Dan’s resort is located at 23477 South Bay Road in Pickford, MI.

“We need the rescue sled right now,” officials said.

“Got a gentleman there on a snowmobile – who will take you out on the ice,” the dispatcher told officials.

A man on a snowmobile is reporting he “will take you out on the ice for an unconscious female.”

Then the worst: “CPR in progress out on the ice”

“Pickford Fire your rescue sled is needed for an EMS run – down at Dan’s Resort,” The dispatcher said.

On the ice were side-by-sides, 4-wheelers and snowmobiles. The ice is still to thin for vehicles although today and the next few days will make the ice even thicker due to the brutal cold.

Doing CPR the entire way off the ice by heroic citizens,  the victim was brought to the rescuers staged at the resort. The victim was quickly loaded into an ambulance doing CPR from the ice to War memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Maire, MI. She is in a coma and is being kept alive on life support.

The name of the victim has not been released.

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Munuscong Bay is a breeding grounds known for Pike, Walleye and Jumbo Perch fishing. Those ice fishing on the bay report masses of Jumbo Perch caught – and the walleye are biting. We mention this because ice fishing is underway in many areas – and we often just think about the fish – remember safety at all costs – please.

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Much Ado About Something Extra Special – Chippewa County Good News – New Year’s Baby Gets Press: But this home birth creates a real hoopla – and is fine – “Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy”

U.P. Breaking News Super Good News Bulletin if ya like babies – URGENT  1-4-16  6:45 a.m. ET –   U.P. Breaking News has reported a lot of bad news recently out of the eastern U.P. – but this EMS, Police call was a joyous surprise:

Wow Baby Wow:

Miscommunication about home birth leads to quite a bunch of lights and sirens in Chippewa County – The baby is just fine

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Kinross, MI) – There has been a lot of bad news coming out of Chippewa County in past week – however a home birth last night caused an extravaganza of joy – and lots of emergency fanfare.

The Upper Peninsula New Year’s baby always ends up in headlines – but don’t discount Jan. 3rd births – as few babies get this kind of reception just hours after being born.

U.P. Breaking News is withholding the address – names of those involved – however if they would like to contact us – and maybe provide3 a photo of that pretty baby – please do.

It started when a neighbor apparently misunderstood what had happened – and apparently made a call about 8 p.m. ET on Tues., Jan. 3, 2016 to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department.

“She said her friend called and they had the baby there,” said the lawman who took the call – and that set off the grand welcome for this home birth baby.

“She hung up before I could ask (any questions like a call back phone number) – we don’t get (caller) ID in the office.”

That’s when the tones went out over the radio for Kinross EMS, who were told “law enforcement is en-route.”

Chippewa County “home birth and everything is fine.”

The Chippewa County 911 dispatcher provided the only information known along to  paramedics/EMTS/First Responders:

“They got a call at the office on a person recently having a child” however the trouble was not known – and in the voices of those responding you could tell they were dreading yet another bad thing..

“We do believe it may have something to do with the infant … something about a baby recently delivered. No further information is available.”

Emergency personnel rushed to the home but the family and baby were fine and “didn’t need any help.”

You could hear the happiness in police and emergency crews when the good news rang out over Chippewa County.

Police: This was a “home birth and everything is fine.”

Paramedic: “No patient no transport.”

Hallelujah!

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ARRESTED: 28-year-old Michael Jamal-Rashad Sutton for alleged Marquette felony attack – Police were looking for suspect between the U.P. and Detroit

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Police broadcast lookout for U.P. felony assault suspect – 1-4-16 2 p.m. EST – 4:30 a.m. ET – URGENT URGENT Suspect in sought in Marquette, MI attack

Search ends for wanted man in Marquette, MI attack

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Marquette, MI – A state-wide lookout posted following an assault of a female Tuesday night in Marquette, MI was cancelled after he was reportedly busted while fleeing toward Detroit.

Michigan State Police have lodged the suspect but there are conflicting reports if he was arrested in downstate Cheboygan County or Chippewa County.

The lookout was cancelled at 4:35 a.m. today

Early today, police across the U.P. broadcast a lookout for the suspect.
Police are not sure if the man is hiding in the Upper Peninsula of fled the area.

The suspect was believed headed to the Detroit area when arrested.

He was wanted for Tuesday night felonious assault by the Marquette Police Department.

Details of the attack are unknown but the victim was taken to the hospital at U.P. Health System – Marquette, MI.

The victim did not have life-threatening injuries.

Ironically, the suspect’s Facebook page portrays him as a lover of women:

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Wanted as a suspect in a felonious assault in Marquette, Michigan

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28-year-old Michael Jamal-Rashad Sutton

Sutton lists himself as a “Sr.” – although it is unclear if that is accurate.

https://www.facebook.com/CarolinaTarheelsBound

Black Male

6feet, 2 inches tall

150 pounds

Brown hair

Brown eyes

Lazy left eye, according to a Personal Protection Order (PPO) in police computer files.

Driving:

2008-2012 Black Chevy Malibu

Detroit decals around the license plate

Could be headed to the Detroit area”

It has been a busy 12 hours for U.P. Law enforcement.

This attack is one of several overnight breaking stories in the U.P.

Suspect’s Facebook page states:

just maintaining…..getting my life in order by the grace of God.

#PerfectImperfection

Lives in Detroit, Michigan

In a relationship

From Kinston, North Carolina

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Hannahville Rez High Speed Chase, Wreck: One Male Suspect at Large, Female Questioned: Wild High Speed Chase Through Snowy Roads of Delta/Menominee Counties and Streets of Hannahville Indian Community Reservation

Update: 3:45 a.m. 1-4-17  Suspect is a white male and the only description is gray or black sweatshirt

Delta/Menominee County chase ends in Hannahville Nation with manhunt by numerous police agencies

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Hannahville Indian Community) – A manhunt is underway at this hour for the driver of a passenger car that led Delta County law enforcement and tribal police on a wild high speed chase on slippery roads.

“They are bailing,” said one of the pursuing officers as the chase ended a short while ago.

The chase began on County Line Road – so it is unclear if it involved both Delta and Menominee counties.

The car that police were chasing “went into the ditch and they bailed,” said one officer as numerous police agencies are conducting a manhunt at this hour in Hannahville.

This is just one of several breaking news stories in the Upper Peninsula that we are following – and attempting to confirm details.

The chase began about 2:30 a.m. ET today, Wed., Jan. 4, 2016 – when an officer in Delta County reported he was behind a car that would not stop and was wanted for eradicate driving with speeds in the excess of 72 miles per hour.

The car that police were chasing “went into the ditch and they bailed,” said one officer as numerous police agencies are conducting a manhunt at this hour in Hannahville.

The chase began southbound on “County Line Road” and lasted about 10 minutes ending near Ridge Road and Eagle Road – close to the Hannahville Indian Community Tribal School. Police are using a heating seeking unit to attempt to find the hiding suspect. Police were setting up a perimeter around the general area of the tribal school.

Tribal police joined the chase when the car whizzed through the “back side of the reservation,” said one of the pursuing officer.

Officials began questioning a female – that was apparently in the car. U.P. Breaking News is temporarily withholding the names of those allegedly involved in the chase.

Police know the name of the alleged driver – and his girlfriend. It is not clear how many charges suspect is facing.

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This U.P. Snowmobile Season Leaves Permanent Mark – Conditions blamed for death, serious injuries on trail: Sledders say U.P. trails deadly in many places due to weather – and unmarked trouble areas

The snowmobile season that has already changed lives – and its only just begun:

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Sledders declare U.P. trails never worse than now

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Upper Peninsula of Michigan) – The erratic weather this winter from very cold to warm – has changed many lives – and snowmobile riders say they have never seen conditions this bad on Upper Peninsula trails conditions except early season.

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A lot has been made of some snowmobilers traveling too fast this winter. That is true. But riders from different parts of the Midwest say the biggest factor is poor trails and hidden dangers. Some ask anonymity because they are worried about upsetting the snowmobile industry, but believe the public must be warned.

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“It launched him into the air and his sled flew 190 feet and my dad flew another 60 feet – so he was thrown 250 feet,” Elliott Falls recalled about father’s crash last week.

Numerous snowmobilers who have been involved in crashes in past two weeks have reached out to U.P. Breaking News- not realizing others had. The all have same message – U.P. snowmobile trails – and northern Wisconsin are deadly. One of the worst issues is low-lying swampy areas that are normally frozen over – but occasional warming has turned some of the areas into  mini-rivers.

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In fact, a group of snowmobilers from Wisconsin had to dive into a icy swamp-like river to help save one of the victims. The trails are poor, many riders say.

The son of one of the most seriously injured U.P. victims says his dad is just starting a long road to meaningful recovery. It happened near Grand Marais, MI on Trail 8 about 9:15 a.m. ET on Wed., Dec 28, 2016.

elliott-falls-1Elliott Falls, a 28-year-old yacht salesman from Charlevoix, MI – was on his annual snowmobile trip with his father – 60-year-old civil engineer Alan Falls of Midland, MI.

“The trails remind me of early season, we have never seen it this bad in the U.P.,” he said.

They were the first that morning to travel this section of the trail – and would be the last for a while. Falls watched in horror as his father’s sled hit an unexpected swampy river – partially covered by a light morning snowfall.

“My father was traveling about 40 to 50 miles per hour when he hit an invisible washed out area,” said Elliott Falls. The trail had a four-feet deep water hole” that was covered by “a nice layer of fresh white” snow.

grand-marais-crash-4“It launched him into the air and his sled flew 190 feet and my dad flew another 60 feet – so he was thrown 250 feet,” Falls recalled.

“I ran until I could see him and then jumped into the water,” the younger Falls said, adding then their luck got a lot better as a fully-prepared snowmobile club arrived on the scene.

It was the Twin Runners Snowmobile Club from Twin Rivers, WI – and they had everything needed for a rescue and afterward.

“Four or five of them jumped into the water,” he said adding they had blankets and a host of supplies including building a much needed fire on the trail. Other riders cut down a tree and blocked the tail to prevent pile-on accidents.

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The Falls have often ridden this section of trail in previous years – but “I have never seen the trail full of water,” Elliott Falls said.

The elder Mr. Falls suffered broken vertebrae in his back and a traumatic brain injury. Falls was flown by Valley Med Flight to U.P Health System Marquette, where he was hospitalized until New Year’s Day. Now he is back home.

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Ice Hell on the Trail Updated – Deadly Ice Chuck in Luce County: Numerous Snowmobiles Crash, Drivers Hurt – one seriously – as sleds slam into ice chuck on long straight away

The Luce County ice chunk that changed lives

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Newberry, MI) – An unexpected and deadly ice chunk – sticking up on the trail  – caused numerous snowmobile accidents near Newberry over the New Year’s holiday – including seriously injuring a 25-year-old Bedford, MI man.

“There was a big ice chunk that a groomer flipped over on a long straight away,” said dairy farmer Eric Bleich, 43, of Hudson, MI, who has a vacation home in the Newberry area of the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan and often visits to snowmobile.

“There should have been a warning or signs,” he said, adding that sledders are not trying to bash the snowmobile groomers – but just explaining what happened.

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The chunk apparently caused at least three crashes on New Years Day – and reportedly a wreck the night before.

Sledders are questioning why a groomer who found the ice chunk and even moved it – did not fill out an urgent incident report – or warning.

tasa-1tasa-2Apparently the Tahquamenon Area Snowmobile Association (TASA) – usually does a pretty good job grooming and maintaining trails.  That section of the trail is wide and long. U.P. Breaking News is attempting to reach a TASA official.

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“There were no markers, no signs,” said Bleich, a snowmobiler who crashed along with his buddy about 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day. One hour later and a horrible crash shut down the trail.

“It was where you would never expect there to be a bump,” he said.

Bleich said it appeared the groomer operator tried to fix it.

“He lifted it up to clear it,” said Bleich, explaining this part of the trail has a tiny stream running beneath it – causing the ice to form – and break. “But he didn’t report it.”

Snowmobilers are are saying it is not clear how long the ice chunk had been on the trial. Possibly since New Year’s Eve when it is said a girl crashed her sled but was not seriously hurt.

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Dairy farmer Eric Bleich is lucky to be able to hold his loved ones

Bleich slammed into the ice chunk about 11 a.m. Monday on Trail 45 while heading northbound just in front of a friend, construction worker David Marry, 43, of Hudson, MI – south of Lansing.

Bleich admits he was traveling “at least 70 miles per hour” because he was on a four-mile straight stretch of normally good trail.

“I was going faster than I should,” he said, acknowledging he cheated death. “I was thrown about 60 yards” adding he is lucky that he did not hit trees like the serious accident that happened about an hour later. “I am pretty sore and banged up.”

Marry’s sled then slammed into the chunk, but he was fortunate not to get badly injured.

Both of their snowmobiles were damaged.

“My sled is messed up,” Bleich said.

Logger Roger and Deb Metcalf, the injured Bleich and “four of my buddies” as they were walking out of the trail- and took them to the hospital. The rest of the group witnessed the crash. It was about two miles to the nearest road.

“I called him (Metcalf),” said Bleich, who said the Metcalf’s are friends and run a logging business in the Newberry area.

Bleich was treated and released from the Helen Newberry Joy Hospital.

Bleich said many sledders do not understand why the chunk of ice was left on the trail for an unknown period of time. The groomer should have reported it when he “got back to the barn,” Bleich said.

Then the unthinkable – another sled – traveling about 55 miles per hour – slammed into that chunk – sending the 25-year-old rider into trees – and causing severe head and leg injuries.

The man was airlifted to Marquette last night by a chopper from Valley Med Flight.

The victim, who name has yet to be made public, is in serious condition at U.P. Health System – Marquette.

However we have learned a little bit more about this 25-year-old Bedford unidentified man – from Monroe County – who is recovering at the Marquette hospital.

“He broke his Femur and cracked his skull with a brain bleed,” said a friend.

“He was responsive, went through surgery to fix his broken leg and is being sedated until the swelling in his brain goes down. “

The friend said everyone the man knows in Monroe County is pulling for his life and praying.

“Wishing him best of luck from down state,” the friend said, in a comment to this story.

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URGENT: Andrew “Andy” Bray – U.P.-wide search and beyond for missing Norway, MI man who has health issues – and needs your help

URGENT – 1-2-17 9:40 a.m. ET 8:40 a.m. CT

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His car similar to this – beige/tan 2006 Ford Taurus:

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Help find a missing Norway, MI man with health issues who has disappeared – and may be anywhere in the region

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Upper Peninsula of Michigan) – Family and friends of a missing Norway, MI hope you will help find the man they love dearly.

However this man could be anywhere not limited to Dickinson County. No tip is too small.

Please help find – Andrew “Andy” Bray – who is in poor health.

missing-man-car-similarHe drives a 2006 light beige/tan Ford Taurus.

His brother was the football coach for Norway and North Central.

Bray often attended games.

Family has “search everywhere we can think of,” said his cousin.

Andrew “Andy” Bray

Description:

5’10”

190lbs

Grey/white hair

Blue eyes

Last seen Friday, Nov. 30, 2016 in Norway

Clothing not positive but he was last wearing:

Navy blue winter jacket

Brown boots

It is thought that Mr. Bary was home Friday night and left his house Saturday morning

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St. Norbert parking sticker on the back window.

Wisconsin plate on front

Michigan plate on back (still working on plate number).

“Thank you all for your shares and continued prayers,” says family.

Please call the Norway Police Department of 911 if you see this man.

Look closely at his picture:

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Trail conditions allegedly a factor: 25-year-old victim flown to Marquette after “serious” snowmobile accident reported in Luce County on New Year’s Day 2017

Snowmobile crash update: 1-1-17  10:40 p.m.

Some say trail conditions contributed to terrible crash near Newberry, MI: More information on that bad New Year’s Day 2017 snowmobile accident in Luce County, MI

Flown to Marquette by Valley Med Flight paramedics/pilots

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Newberry, MI) – Details are starting to trickle out of Luce County, MI following the latest serious snowmobile accident in the Upper Peninsula.

Doctors at U.P. Health System- Marquette are treating a seriously injured snowmobile accident victim who was flown by Valley Med Flight to Marquette, MI on Sunday evening from the Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry, MI.

He is a 25-year-old man with serious head injuries and broken leg bones.

Local residents said trail conditions contributed to the crash.

The accident occurred about noon, on Trail 45 just north of Newberry, local residents say.

“Other than (possibly) speed, the accident is not driver’s fault,” said resident Michael Fodale. The “trail had accumulated snow forming a bump – and water hole on the back side of (that) bump.”

The victim reportedly was traveling on his snowmobile at about 55 miles per hour, lost control of his snowmobile, crashed and was thrown about 30 to 40 yards impacting trees.

The Michigan State Police is investigating the crash.

Paramedics in flight were treating the victim with fluids, blood and pain meds – and his vitals seemed to be holding their own – but he was being treated for severe trauma including a skull fracture and a right femur fracture

At 5:27 p.m. the Valley Med Flight helicopter was approx ten minutes outside of Marquette rushing the victim to U.P. Health System – Marquette, MI.

High speed snowmobile accidents with death and serious injury accident destroys New Years for many: Now reports of a serious accident in Luce County this New Year’s morning

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Luce County, MI) – Few details are known at this hour following reports of a serious snowmobile accident in the central Upper Peninsula.

Numerous agencies are being paged to the accident even from surrounding counties.

However, we have not learned a confirmed location. Please contact U.P. Breaking News if you have information. The exact time of the crash has not been disclosed.

You see, there have been accidents across the U.P. in past couple days and only a few have been disclosed.

Some sleds in the Copper Country went off trail and took the riders into four feet of icy water and submerge into beaver dams – another alleged alcohol-related crash happened in Chippewa County when a sled went down a big embankment near the airport.

New Year celebration marred for many by snowmobile accidents across northern Michigan and northern Wisconsin:

Reportedly at least one person has died in a snowmobile accident just across the state line from Gogebic County – and a 10-year-old girl was seriously injured in another high speed accident and taken to an Ironwood hospital. In several accidents alcohol and speed are factors.

For more information on those here is our link – however officials are refusing comment:

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Funeral held for Chippewa County fatal fire victim: Officials probing tragic New Year’s morning fatal fire in eastern Upper Peninsula – One of numerous fire calls early New Year’s Day 2017

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U.P. Breaking News Bulletin –After much checking, we have finally confirmed the identity of the fatal fire victim killed in New Year’s Day recreation vehicle fire in Rudyard, MI.

U.P. Breaking News has finally confirmed the identity of a 34-year-old downstate man who died in that New Year’s Day RV fire in Rudyard Township in Chippewa County, MI

Zachary James Griswold, 34, of Brown City, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 in Rudyard Twp., MI

He enjoyed hunting, the outdoors and his dog Lou.

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Obituary:

Zachary James Griswold, age 34, of Brown City, MI passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 in Rudyard Twp., MI.

A Memorial service will be held at 12 NOON Saturday, January 7, 2017 with visitation beginning at 10 AM at Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette, MI with Pastor Paul Rohling officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Family Discretionary Fund.

Zachary was born November 7, 1982 in Lapeer, MI, son of Lloyd and Brenda (Brandt) Griswold. He graduated from Brown City High School with the Class of 2001. Zachary married Jennifer Mohr on March 18, 2011 in Port Huron, MI. He enjoyed hunting, the outdoors and his dog Lou.

Zachary is survived by his wife, Jennifer Griswold; one daughter, Marissa Lynn Megie; parents, Lloyd and Brenda Griswold; four brothers, Lee (Kim) Griswold, Jason (Janet) Griswold, Gavin Griswold and twin brother Raymond (Brook) Griswold; two sisters, Brooke Griswold and Emmalee Griswold; 12 nieces and nephews; mother and father-in-law, Dan and Connie Mohr; three sisters-in-law, Laura (Ashur) Hillman, Elisabeth Mohr and Emily Mohr; one brother-in-law, Jacob Mohr; and close friends, Scott and Tina Goforth.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Rena Griswold; grandparents, Lloyd and Peggy Griswold and Robert and Doris Brandt.

You may share an online condolence at http://www.marshfuneral.com.

Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, 2675 Main St., Marlette, MI 48453 Phone 989-635-3658.

Friends say he was a kind man:

Margie and Paul Hurst of Sterling Heights MI

January 07, 2017

Jason & Janet we are sorry to hear about Zack. Sending our prayers of comfort for your Family.

Teresa (McDowell) Parks of Alma, Mi

January 07, 2017

I am so sorry. I am sending love and prayers to all of you.

Goforth family

January 07, 2017

In our prayers, our memories and always in our hearts. We miss you so very much. We will think of you everyday, we love you.

Amy stepp of Roseville mi

January 07, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss Brenda and Dad, Zac was such a sweet young man he will truly be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sending you all my love and hugs

Joyce Henderson Ross of Florida

January 06, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss Lloyd and Brenda. He was taken way too soon. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless.

Crystal Franke of Marlette

January 05, 2017

Griswold family, I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful young man. You are in my thoughts.

Francine Kurdilla of WARREN

January 05, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Brenda.

Ken & Barb Patriquin of Marlette, MI

January 05, 2017

We are sad for all of you. Praying for you, regularly.

Paula Cebelak of somerset

January 04, 2017

I was so saddened to hear of this tragedy over the weekend. Prayers for all his family.

Karen (Trombley) Harris of Oklahoma

January 04, 2017

So sorry for your loss. I graduated the year before Zach and just remember him to be a quiet boy. Rest In Peace

Glenn and Marilyn Griswold of Florida

January 04, 2017

Bill and family. So sorry about your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sherrie Chafin Nowicki of Brown city

January 04, 2017

To soon for a wonderful young man.

Loris & Ron Coltson of Marlette

January 04, 2017

We are so very sorry for the loss of Zac. No words can tell how badly we feel for you all. Having lost my brothers, I kind of know, but they each had long lives before their passing, so that really doesn’t compare to the pain you have at losing him so young. May God comfort you in your sorrow, and sustain you in the future. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

Mandi Devine(Dodson) of Tennessee

January 04, 2017

So many memories from my childhood have you my friend in them. You were always there for me since I was young. Losing touch happens in life but I will see you again my friend. Rest Easy.

Prudy Storhok of Shelby Township, MI

January 04, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Shawn Ross of Sandusky

January 04, 2017

Prayers for the family

Virginia Finkbeiner

January 03, 2017

Dear Gris and Brenda, so sorry to read of your loss. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling. Remembering you in thought and prayer. As ever, Gin

2017 fatal fire:

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2017 New Year starts off with fatal fire in Chippewa County – one of several overnight fires – four people have died in U.P. fires in last two weeks

Scroll down to see other 2017 New Year’s Day fires across the U.P.

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Rudyard, MI) – A predawn 2017 New Year’s morning fire in Chippewa County has claimed at least one life and destroyed a recreational vehicle.

At least four people have died in U.P. fires since Dec. 19, 2016.

Around 6:15 a.m. ET New Year’s morning, numerous fire departments were called to an engulfed RV located on a seasonal road near Rudyard, MI.

The seasonal road is said to be off West H-40 near Lawlor Auto Body at 15066 W. H-40 outside Rudyard.

The fire was at or near 19605 S. Dryburg Rd. in Rudyard Township, MI (to the north off H-40 in a curve).

“This is actually a motor home, and its pretty well gone, we’ve got the fire knocked down – and the scene is stable,” stated one fire official about a half hour into the call.

The road runs north of West H-40 – Trout Lake Road near South Dryburg Road.

A female caller told 911 that she believed someone was inside the RV – and she could see the RV engulfed – and fire officials reported there “was little left” once they arrived.

A Chippewa County Medical Examiner and the Michigan State Police Fire Marshal have been notified.

Officials believe the victim is a male.

Its unclear if an autopsy will be ordered,but sounds unlikely because a local funeral home was reportedly sent to get the body.

This is the fourth person to died in a Upper Peninsula fatal fire in two weeks – plus more than a dozen homes have been destroyed by fires since snow flew.

Fire departments and EMS from several places responded including Rudyard, Pickford, and Kinross. Michigan State Police trooper was called to the scene.

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deanna-mae-benoitMeanwhile it was the second fatal fire in less than five months in Chippewa County, MI

On Sat. night, Aug. 13, 2016, a fire that reportedly started in a second story bedroom claimed the life of 52-year-old Deanna “gators believe it started in the second story bedroom.

Deanna “Daisy” Benoit of Sault Ste. Marie, MI apparently died while taking an evening nap in her home, while a relative was out for a walk and returned home only to discover the horrible blaze. Her obit says she was loved by many – and shared that love with family.

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Other U.P. Fatal fires since Dec. 19, 2016:

Dec. 19, 2016: 73-year-old Norman Paul Kilpela and 79-year-old Marianne Sophie Kilpela, both of Fulton, MI died in a daylight fire at their home in Keweenaw County

https://upbreakingnews.com/2016/12/20/for-43-years-they-were-together-and-now-they-will-be-buried-together-they-died-in-a-fire-at-their-fulton-mi-home-in-keweenaw-county/

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Dec. 26, 2016: 60-year-old Douglas “Doug” Michael Lintz died on a Monday afternoon in a fire that quickly swept through his home at 1119 N. River Avenue in Iron River, MI

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Other 2017 New Year’s morning U.P. fire calls:

  • A Marquette, MI man was taken to the hospital about 7 a.m. after authorities responded to numerous calls of a fire on West Bluff St. Police reported a man was dragging burning mattresses in the snowbank – not clear why. He received a minor first degree burn on his hand.
  • Houghton City Fire Department and Houghton Police Department safely evacuate the Holiday Inn Express because of an odor on the first floor – possibly a gas smell. No injuries. Police responded early this afternoon back to the Holiday Inn Express because of the strange order coming out a room – maybe drugs. If drugs, these folks caused a public health scare.
  • Forsyth Township Fire Department called after 1 a.m. to fully engulfed sauna fire.
  • Chimney fire reported at a residence near Allouez, MI in Keweenaw County – and the Calumet Township Fire Department responded from the snowmobile fire to this call.
  • Calumet Township call to an engulfed snowmobile fire with about 20 minutes left in 2016. No one was near the burning snowmobile and no word on what happened.
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U.P. Prison Attack: An employee attacked on New Year’s Eve 2016 at the Marquette Branch Prison – head injuries

New Year’s Day 1-1-17 6:20 p.m. – U.P. Breaking News is still hoping – but all day long we have been leaving messages for officials with the Michigan Department of Corrections. This was at least the second attack on Marquette Branch Prison staff since Sept. 2016. Many attacks go unreported.

We have asked prison officials to tell us if the employee is a Corrections Officer – how is his condition – what inmate attacked him – how it happened/motive – and will charges be filed.

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Marquette, MI) – A male employee at the Marquette Branch Prison has received head injuries tonight (12-31-16) and has been taken to the hospital after being attacked by a prisoner.

A prisoner attacked the employee a short while ago (Approx 7:35 p.m. 2016 New Years Eve ET) at Marquette Branch Prison – that houses some of the worst of the worst in the state – and others as in the case of the young prisoner who recently died in a strange unexplained situation.

We have not heard whether it was a Michigan Corrections Officer or a kitchen employee.
The employee was hit on the head several times and possibly the groin.
An ambulance with paramedics was dispatched to assist the injured employee – and then took him to the hospital.
He is conscious but in pain. The injuries are not life-threatening but are serious enough that common sense dictates he goes to the hospital (they were trying to down play it by saying its just prison policy – yeah when an employee gets hit over the head – good idea to call ambulance).

The prison did not call an ambulance for the prisoner who died – but claim they gave him CPR for over 30 minutes. That and, poor medical care, under-staffing, rotten food will likely lead to more deaths because nothing is being done to fix the problem – and fortunately this employee will recover.

Prison critics have feared that under-staffing would keep leading to injuries to corrections officers and staff. In fact, the under-staffing is putting the lives of COs, staff – and yes the prisoners – all in jeopardy.

Prisoners rioted earlier this year at the Kinross Correctional Institute and critics fear under-staffing will lead to deaths of COs and prisoners. There have been allegations of poor to no medical care and more.

We have no other info.
A U.P. Health System ambulance left with the victim about 8:03 p.m.

Snowmobile wrecks involving alcohol is New Year’s warning to everyone – You must prevent life-shattering deaths and injuries – and all just to have fun: Take the Keys, Designated Driver, Call a Cab – anything is better than funeral home

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Upper Peninsula of Michigan) – A string of late December 2016 fatal and serious snowmobile accidents across the region continued on New Years Eve day shattering lives.

This should be a warning this New Year’s Eve night before you drive drunk – or see someone operating cars/snowmobiles etc. Stop them. Call cab or something.

There were several terrible snowmobile wrecks today in Iron County, WI and officials say there was apparently at least one fatal accident out “of numerous bad snowmobile accidents across the county.”

A 10-year-old girl was seriously injured in one of the accidents who was a passenger a snowmobile was taken to the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital. She was expected to be transferred to Marquette or another hospital.

There were reports of two more injuries in that accident – the drivers of two sleds – however no information is being released on them. The child was reportedly a passenger on one of her parents snowmobile that got struck violently by another snowmobile.

An officials with the Iron County, WI Sheriff’s Department declined to release any more information. However, he said that the accident involving the girl “was not the fatal accident.”

“No information is being released,” he said. He declined to take a phone number.

A 63-year-old East Moline, IL man became the state’s first fatality of this year’s snowmobile season after his snowmobile hit a tree in Vilas County – that borders the U.P., according to the Vilas County Coroner, the Wisconsin DNR and the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department.

A 14-year-old girl from Fox Lake, IL was seriously injured Thursday when she lost control of her machine and left the trail near Sidnaw, MI. She was ejected sustaining numerous injuries.
U.P. Breaking News heard an ambulance bringing a 13-year-old girl to Marquette General Hospital with serious injuries – and it appears to be the Sidnaw accident – tho officials are not talking.

Meanwhile, no arrests yet but we understand alcohol is the suspected possible cause of a snowmobile wreck that sent a machine way down a big embankment near the Chippewa County Airport that apparently happened late Thursday or early Friday. The suspect was reportedly not arrested because there is no court until Tuesday.

This is likely the snowmobile – that we originally thought was connected to the rescue of an elderly man who spend seven hours freezing overnight in thew outback of Chippewa County. Chippewa County officials have not released info – its unclear because of no comment.

Then there are the events that are bound to happen every year when people enjoying skiing at Marquette Mountain – that has a great ski patrol and emergency rescue system. Very good.

Meanwhile two teen girls received broken bones in skiing/snowboarding accidents in Marquette – both taken to hospital but in good shape considering one went down a 25 foot snow embankment/cliff and the other broke her leg.

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U.P. Breaking News Day of Reckoning: One day in 2016 that brought amazing joy, extreme sadness, pure terror and gratefulness for the humanity of others: Thanking people who helped me on the most joyous – most grief-filled – and most terrifying day of 2016

Bidding Adieu to overwhelming day: The day of all extreme emotions in 2016

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

I wrote this editorial about 7 months ago – and never printed it.

Some say its because its the day I lost my mom only a year after dad.

It was a one day marked by extreme joy (stepson’s wedding), extreme sadness (mom dies just after dad) – and sheer terror (losing an entire tire going 70 miles per hour on interstate) So I have not touched it since then:

U.P. Breaking News Editorial: A tire sheers lugs and shoots off my SUV doing 70 MPH on 1-94 on way to important family wedding; Thank you to Michigan Department of Transportation Emergency Road Response, Inc. Freeway Courtesy Patrol and employee Kevin Keefe #29; the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office 911 Metro Dispatch, wrecker operator Michael Wright of Triangle Towing of Ann Arbor, MI; Firestone Complete Auto Care Store # 16780 (520 Briarwood Cir Ste B) Ann Arbor, MI; and Fox Motors of Marquette, MI

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Tribute from Yoopers to Lower Peninsula Angels of the Interstate: We tell you what happens when your tire comes off at 75 MPH – an out-of-control still fully – inflated tire rockets up in the air – after sheering lug nuts

Dangerous runaway tire goes bouncing down the highway – while we were on the way to a wedding

By Greg Peterson

News Director, Owner/Upper Peninsula Breaking News

Want to thank some emergency dispatch and Michigan Department of Transportation highway rescue workers, a wrecker operator and other folks near Ann Arbor who came to my aid after my entire tire flew off the vehicle on the way to me stepson’s wedding.

This was westbound 1-94 at Jackson Ave. between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti – one the way to a wedding ceremony for a close family member.

Thank you to the:

Robert and Lara Dendel Kumpula May 22, 2016 #2 Mom Donna Kumpula (2)
In the hour prior to this photo mom Donna Kumpula (right) was in a car that lost an entire tire on the interstate, and witnessed her first kid’s wedding. So if she looks concerned – it’s no wonder why.

Remember I was driving my longtime girlfriend to her first kid’s wedding – her oldest son – and she was dressed up and we were on our way to the wedding.

Then my tire flew off.

And I mean at 70 mph it went flying down the highway bouncing to high heaven causing the drivers to swerve in many vehicles including semi tractor- trailer trucks.

The tire was still fully inflated – and flew backwards – and very high.

Then came back toward us also bouncing and going fast – as -94 had a slight downward incline – and we were at a terrible place in a curve just past a bridge overpass and in between the two exits to that road under 1-94.

Happened about 1:30 p.m. on Sun., May 22, 2016 (5-22 -16) on westbound 1-94 (was going wrong way to make matters worse – should have been eastbound)

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Metro-Dispatch provides police dispatching services for the Sheriff’s Office, Ann Arbor Police Department, Huron Area Metro Parks Police, Michigan State Police, Northfield Township Police and the Ypsilanti Police Department, while providing non-emergency and emergency 911 services to the citizens of Washtenaw County.

Washtenaw County Metro Dispatch, on average, handles in excess of 1000 emergency and non-emergency calls every day.

Metro-Dispatch is staffed by 29 full time Dispatch Operators, 10 to 15 part time Call Takers, 3 Dispatch Operations Coordinators (Supervisors) and a Dispatch Manager for 24 hour operations.
Each dispatcher and part-time call taker completes a three-week dispatch academy followed by an intensive on-the-job internal training regimen provided by skilled training officers.

www.ewashtenaw.org/government/sheriff/divisions/911-dispatch

www.ewashtenaw.org/government/sheriff/Join%20WCSO/position-description/communications-operator-911-dispatcher-job-posting

www.ewashtenaw.org/government/sheriff/Join%20WCSO/position-description/part-time-911-call-taker

www.ewashtenaw.org/government/sheriff/divisions/911-dispatch/911-dispatch-contact-us

www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/3913

www.annarbor.com/news/wes-fabian-a-county-dispatcher/

http://annarborchronicle.com/2011/06/16/ann-arbor-washtenaw-joint-911-dispatch/

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/03/washtenaw_county_emergency_com.html

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Employee Michael Wright of Triangle Towing of Ann Arbor:

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Fox Marquette

Fox Motors

3815 US 41 West

Marquette, MI 49855

(906) 226-1600

http://www.foxmarquette.com
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ssanderson@foxmotors.com
(906) 629-6631

Heave to mention salesman Al Peterson (no relation but good guy)

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Police nab sex offender after report early morning of Ironwood, MI convenience store stickup attempt – suspect has robbery conviction and was stabbed 12 years ago despite allegedly using switchblades this morning

Ex-stabbing victim – now allegedly armed with switchblades – and a convicted sex offender and convicted robber – that is jailed in Gogebic County after alleged early morning stickup attempt at Ironwood convenience store

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director / 1-906-273-2433

(Ironwood, MI) – A convicted Minnesota sex offender who was allegedly armed with switchblades was arrested early today after the report of an armed robbery in progress at an Ironwood convenience store.

There is someone trying to rob him,” the dispatcher told police officers rushing to the scene. “He has two knives – he is at the counter.”

chade-3A former stabbing victim – the suspect allegedly turned knives on the clerk – I is not clear what charges have been filed. The case will likely have to be reviewed by the Gogebic County Prosecutor’s Officer. Ironwood Police and possible other law enforcement were quickly at the scene and the clerk was not hurt.

The incident started about 1:49 p.m. CT local time this morning, Thurs., Dec. 2016.

“Apparently the subject no longer has the knives in his hand,” the dispatcher told officers about a minute into the call. “He is at the counter facing the clerk.”

He has two switchblades – approximately three inches long,” officers were told, however the suspect then indicated “he had three (knives) – he is holding.”

Initial reports indicate the clerk of the Holiday Gas Station at 805 E. Cloverland Drive in Ironwood – called police to reported he was being robbed at knifepoint allegedly by a man with two to three knives.

The suspect was describ